Brexit, concussion, Turkey, internet dating, Bernie Sanders, language Letters into the editor

Absolutely Absolutely Nothing even compares to EU

Your frontrunner recommended that “Scotland…is once once again agitating for a divorce” (“The real threat of Brexit”, February 27th). This is certainly simply perhaps maybe perhaps not the full situation: the nationalists are agitating, but Scotland just isn’t. A YouGov poll in February this present year revealed that only 10% of Scots think another referendum should always be a concern for the following government that is scottish and that just 36% would help a referendum within the next 5 years. Also Brexit is certainly not a legitimate explanation to split the United Kingdom up. EU membership for the breakaway Scotland could be uncertain, and leaving the united kingdom will make no sense that is economic.

Present research by Scotland in Union suggests that Scotland presently exports between three and four times just as much to your remaining portion of the British since it does to somewhere else when you look at the EU. The risk of trade barriers between Scotland and the rest of the UK and the potential for reduced freedom of movement across the border, would support Scotland remaining within the UK in the event of brexit.

ALASTAIR CAMERONDirectorScotland in UnionGlasgow

Those who work in the “Out” camp should do not have illusions that Britain will likely be best off by itself. Despite their sound, they will have neglected to comprehend the possibility for a vote to go out of in England but a vote in which to stay Scotland. If, as appears nearly particular, the SNP will continue to take over the government that is scottish the parliamentary elections in Scotland in might, a lot of whom voted against freedom in 2014 will vote in preference of it will another liberty referendum take destination. Scotland will likely then seek a future that is independent the EU.

STEPHEN SMITHHawick, Scotland

I remain baffled that the governmental classes aren’t able to grasp that the overriding reason behind disillusion among European citizens, evidenced inter alia because of the increase of separatist motions in a lot of countries—not just Britain—is its huge deficit that is democratic. For instance, presidents for the eu aren’t elected: these are generally appointed after governmental horse-trading. Imagine just exactly exactly what would take place in the event that president for the usa were become appointed with no people that are american a say. David Cameron could have won a couple of advantages for individuals of Britain but he missed the chance to begin an ongoing process which may have offered a powerful voice that is democratic the folks of European countries.

TOM MOSSCamberley, Surrey

Being an undecided voterI that is british interested to learn your situation for staying into the EU (“The Brexit delusion”, February 27th). Did I Am Aware precisely? Nonetheless imperfect the existing arrangement, then those in charge of the EU would contrive to ensure that our lives on the outside would be more miserable than on the inside if Britons voted to leave. Is this actually expected to win us over? Does the EU exist to serve the welfare of Europeans or simply to perpetuate a unique presence? I worry you may possibly have accidentally highlighted the strongest explanation to get down.

Knock knock

Your article on concussions in sport which appears tacitly to offer the proposed ban on tackling in rugby for kids, seems very away from line along with your newspaper’s ethos that is general“Schools and difficult knocks”, March fifth). The Economist is normally cautious with state intervention and it is very swift to point the law out of unintended effects.

We discovered how exactly to tackle properly during the chronilogical age of eight. I will be nevertheless playing complete contact rugby union three decades later. I attribute my longevity in component to your coaching that is excellent my youth. Would you really anticipate that the generation of kids whom could be put through this ban on tackling only will “figure out” how to tackle and be tackled (by bigger, meaner chaps) if they turn 18 and graduate to your complete contact game? Undoubtedly this might be an unintended consequence which can be well well worth pointing down.

JONATHAN GOODEDirector of RugbyBay Street Rugby Football ClubToronto, Ontario

Turkish pleasure

* Once the creator associated with eu affairs ministry that Charlemagne wrote about i really couldn’t forgo the urge to react (February 20th). President Erdogan considered Turkey’s ambitions into the EU crucial and created the ministry to spotlight the reforms that are necessary attempting to reduce steadily the quantity of case roles.

It is really not Turkey’s fault that some in the nation declare that the “EU’s title means betrayal”. Our European allies should comprehend that Turkey’s citizens will likely not enable their country to do something as being a bumper involving the EU and also the center East. Turkey is just a democracy perhaps maybe not just a sultanate or kingdom and general public opinion does matter. It really is democracy that is turkish residents of y our country which have elected and re-elected Mr Erdogan additionally the Justice and developing Party (AKP). When comparing to a number of the brand brand new people of the EU, Turkey is more willing to join the club.

Turkey is (and constantly happens to be) invested in increasing the living requirements of the residents by applying the EU that is necessary if some EU leaders elect to ignore this. Turkey might not be perfect however it is superior to when the AKP first arrived to energy.

EGEMEN BAGISFormer Minister of EU Affairs & Chief Negotiator of TurkeyIstanbul, Turkey