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I agree with some of the sentiments expressed in the letter from Michael Thomson, published October 26.

Unfortunately the Referendum and the Brexit vote has given the racist extremists an opportunity to come out of the woodwork and vent their opinions in many ways, including on Question Time.

I am sure they do not represent the views of the vast majority who voted to leave, and it is wrong to attribute extremist actions to many people who voted this way after consideration of all aspects of the alternatives on offer.

Those who voted to leave are by now used to accusations that they are rather dim, did not understand the issues properly, were deluded by vehicles going round with £350m on, and a total anti-immigrant and anti-foreigner sentiment.

The Remain campaign was supported by a government taxpayer-funded leaflet, including David Cameron’s opt-outs. The Leave campaign had no such document, and it was totally remiss of his government not to produce a comparable document, as he was sure that Remain would win.

Instead, the Government carried out a campaign of fear about the dangers of leaving the EU, especially The Common Market, so those anticipating to vote leave were certainly well aware of these dangers.

Despite the guerrilla warfare now being carried out by disappointed Remainers, who are determined to overturn the referendum result, discussions have begun, and it is not appropriate to reveal our hand.

All negotiations between two parties start with a hard stance by both sides, and the EU made it clear – no access to The Common Market without total Freedom of Movement – hence the hard response by Mrs May.

I have no doubt that, after negotiations, both sides will move closer together, so the final result will not be a Hard Brexit.

This will not please those at the end of the spectrum on either side, but hopefully it will reflect the best possible outcome.

We voted to leave the EU, not to cut off all ties with our European neighbours. In turn, it should be borne in mind that the EU has severe problems of its own, such that recent polls in France, Spain and Germany showed a high degree of dissatisfaction with the EU, and there are strong movements who voice concerns that they do not want “more Europe”.

With elections due next year in some countries there could be significant changes of leaders, reflecting concerns over the EU, and its direction of travel.

These concerns started in earnest when the EU decided in 2003 to encourage Greece to join the euro when it did not accord with the entry rules, and the same applies, to a lesser extent, to Italy and Spain.

The EU, with their more Europe overrules common sense agenda, are complicit in their problems, and those of the euro as a whole.

We were warned, quite rightly, of the dangers and difficulties, of leaving The Common Market. The question was not raised of the dangers of staying in the EU.

Top Eurocrats have already indicated that they will overturn David Cameron’s opt-outs, so we would have to adopt the failing euro, lose our sovereign rights and become a subservient state of the EU, join the European Army, and all the other consequences of becoming a full member of the EU.

Is this what Remainers want? I do feel that Mrs May should have accorded full citizenship to all immigrants legally and properly here, immediately after the Referendum result, and not held it back as a bargaining chip.

There are many more aspects to the Referendum and its result, but hopefully the above will show that it is not all about stupid people voting the wrong way, or some disgruntled Remainers voicing their determination to overturn the result by whatever tactic they can, regardless of the harm they they are doing to this country, and ammunition they are handing to the EU.

DC

Sheffield