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Your leader recommended that ???Scotland??¦is once once again agitating for the divorce??? (???The real risk of Brexit???, February 27th). This really is simply maybe maybe not the full situation: the nationalists are agitating, but Scotland just isn’t. A YouGov poll in February in 2010 revealed that only 10% of Scots think another referendum ought to 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 isn’t a legitimate explanation to split within the great britain. EU membership for a breakaway Scotland could be uncertain, and making great britain would make no financial feeling.

Current research by Scotland in Union reveals that Scotland presently exports between three and four times just as much towards the 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 within the ???Out??? camp should don’t have any illusions that Britain would be best off by itself. Despite their sound, they usually have did not comprehend the chance for a vote to lovestruck go out of in England however a vote in which to stay Scotland. If, as appears nearly specific, the SNP continues to dominate the Scottish federal government after the parliamentary elections in Scotland in might, a lot of those whom voted against self-reliance in 2014 will vote in preference of it must another independence referendum take destination. Scotland will likely then look for a independent future within the EU.

STEPHEN SMITHHawick, Scotland

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

TOM MOSSCamberley, Surrey

As an undecided Uk voterI had been interested to read through your instance for staying in the EU (???The Brexit delusion???, February 27th). Did I Realize properly? But imperfect the existing arrangement, if Britons voted to go out of then those who work in fee associated with the EU would contrive to make sure that our life on the exterior will be more miserable than regarding the inside. Is this actually likely to win us over? Does the EU exist to serve the welfare of Europeans or simply to perpetuate a unique presence? We worry you have accidentally highlighted the reason that is strongest 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 typically cautious with state intervention and it is very swift to point the law out of unintended effects.

We discovered how exactly to tackle properly in the chronilogical age of eight. I will be nevertheless playing complete contact rugby union three decades later on. We attribute my longevity in component to your exceptional mentoring in my youth. Can you really anticipate that the generation of kids whom could be put through this ban on tackling only will ???figure out??? how exactly to tackle and get tackled (by bigger, meaner chaps) if they turn 18 and graduate towards the contact game that is full? Undoubtedly it is 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 resist the desire to react (20th) february. President Erdogan considered Turkey??™s aspirations when you look at the EU significant and created the ministry to pay attention to the necessary reforms while wanting to decrease the amount of cabinet jobs.

It’s not fault that is turkey??™s some in the nation declare that the ???EU??™s title means betrayal???. Our European allies should comprehend that Turkey??™s citizens will perhaps not enable their nation to behave as being a bumper involving the EU and also the Middle East. Turkey is a democracy perhaps maybe not just a sultanate or kingdom and public opinion does matter. Its Turkish democracy and citizens of y our country which have elected and re-elected Mr Erdogan as well as the Justice and developing Party (AKP). When compared to a few of the brand brand new people in the EU, Turkey is a lot more willing to get in on the club.

Turkey is (and always was) dedicated to increasing the living requirements of their residents by implementing the necessary EU reforms??”even if some EU leaders elect to ignore this. Turkey is almost certainly not perfect however it is superior to when the AKP first arrived to energy.

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

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