‘Demi-Brexit’ will betray 17m voters

Dear Sir, — She or he who hesitates is lost! We are not holding our nerve; no deal is still better than a bad deal with the EU and the EU is delighted by our weakness. 
It has been said by politicians, and confirmed in the Press, that the EU fears no deal more than we do. Europe needs our money and it is cracking under the strain, especially regarding migration.
With all due respect, a customs “third way” is not the way forward.
I am convinced that no Brexit deal would be devastating for the EU, so why aren’t we going strongly into negotiations? 
Our politicians must remain true and leave the EU properly and regain control of our trade, migration policies and our laws. 
If we remain in the EU we would bumble on, happily shackled to a trade bloc whose economy is a lot less dynamic than it ought to be, and we would be paying far too much, in cash, for this situation.
With reference to migration, a survey in June indicated that three in four Britons wanted the PM to stick to her tough line on migration. 
We have, according to the latest UK figures, 2.37m EU workers in the UK and 3.8m EU migrants allowed to stay here, and they can bring their families. 
Angela Merkel’s “open door” policy certainly backfired on her – so where are these migrants going to go when Germany asks them to leave? 
Incidentally, figures also indicate that the unemployment rate in the Eurozone is twice as high as it is in Britain.
Now to the meeting at Chequers.
There have been mixed feelings about the outcome, but the majority, according to the Press, narrowly regarded it as a “sell-out”, indicating that the deal would not be faithful to the EU referendum.
It has taken over two years to get to this stage and it is a relief that the PM has ruled out any extension to the negotiating process under Article 50. Thus we would be leaving the EU on 29th March 2019.
It is clear that immigration remains a red line that will not be negotiable and that we will be taking back control of our borders. 
No hard border between NI and Ireland or between NI and GB, in my opinion, represents a cause for concern. 
A few weeks ago, a route through these countries was clearly outlined, in the Press, between the EU and Scotland (Glasgow) via Belfast. 
Perhaps I should not be concerned as Scotland wanted to remain in Europe so, tongue in cheek, the hard border should be between England and Scotland thus making use of Hadrian’s Wall.
Another condition, which was not clear, was how much money we would contribute to the EU, as the £10bn would be slashed, but by how much? I suggest that the contribution should be completely axed.
I agree with Iain Duncan Smith that the meeting was more concerned with what the EU might want, rather than what the UK voters wanted. A demi-Brexit is a betrayal of 17.5m voters.
In brief, hold your nerve and be strong and we will gain what was contained in the referendum and please do not show any more signs of weakness or hesitancy. — Yours faithfully,
GLYNN ROBINSON
Sandbach.

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