Cross-party unity could be the key to Brexit deal

Nigel Farage

As you report (Beckett warns of Farage win if Labour hedges its bets, 18 April), the latest YouGov poll gives the hardline leave parties (Brexit and Ukip) 34%. The remain parties (Lib Dem, Green, Change UK, SNP/Plaid) have 29%, while sit-on-the-fence Labour has 22%. On these numbers, the anti-Brexit parties in England and Wales will find it hard to win more than half a dozen seats between them, and the media will report a massive Brexit triumph.

It appears to be too late to get a joint name on the ballot paper, even just a combination of three registered names, which seems ridiculous. But desperate times require desperate measures.

I suggest that the three plainly anti-Brexit parties divide up the English regions between themselves and just one party stands in each – with full public and campaigning support from the others. Of course, the Labour party may finally come to its senses, but the rest of us should do what is required in the real world.
Tony Greaves
Liberal Democrats, House of Lords

• Margaret Beckett urges Labour to back remain to prevent Nigel Farage’s Brexit party from triumphing at the European elections. Her call is understandable, but it only triangulates one section of a complex moral and political dilemma. Any failed, partial or zero Brexit will bring the Brexit party to power in some way, but the real threat is a massive upset to the British political applecart at the first general election after some version of a failed Brexit. That the far right could hold power in cabinet has been obvious for months, but this possibility is now a fair deduction from the YouGov polling.

The alternative to Beckett’s suggestion is for remainers to support Brexit to keep the far right from power, which could be a disastrous smash and grab of our liberal democracy and take years to recover from. The hope, in such a scenario, would be that support for the Rejoin EU party would grow in line with popular frustration at not belonging to the EU. The scenario could be less traumatic than the virtual civil war that could ensue if Brexit is overturned or fudged in some way. I prefer Beckett’s suggestion, but I fear its likely consequence.
Nigel Pollitt

• As your editorial (Britain’s parties must get together if they want to help Europe stay together, 19 April) persuasively argued, it is high time for Labour to take a bolder stance on Brexit. But, depressingly, you also reported on…

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