You’ve been a hindrance. Now leave quietly

From Luca Romano. Sir, Gideon Rachman writes, in “I do not believe that Brexit will happen” (June 28), that “there is no reason to let the extremists on both sides of the debate dictate how this story has to end”, and he implies that supporting a more federalist EU is an “extreme” position

If S&P tells you what time it is, set your own watch

From Jack Storey. Sir, In the midst of all the anxiety created by the referendum vote, at least Standard & Poor’s gave everybody a good laugh with its all-important (to S&P) downgrade to the UK’s triple A rating

On What readers think on the EU referendum

As mayors, together, we can act as a powerful counterweight to the lethargy of nation states and to the influence of industrial lobbies.
– Letter: From Sadiq Khan and Anne Hidalgo
Why look for a complicated explanation when a simple one is at hand?
– Letter: From John Murray, Guildford, Surrey, UK
Britons tried to escape Romans by walking into bogland until they were up to their necks in mud. We just did it again.
– Letter: From Simon Crosby, Shotteswell, Warwicks, UK

Referendum the Swedish government wisely ignored

From Prof Graham Weale. Sir, In 1980 Sweden held a referendum also on a very emotive subject: whether the public would continue supporting nuclear power

One job’s enough for Tusk

From Michiel Verstrepen. Sir, May I point out that Donald Tusk has his hands full as president of the European Council and does not have to preside over the European Commission as well (“Sturgeon embarks on mission to keep Scotland’s place in EU”, June 29)

Stop hectoring, FT, when it’s dialogue we need now

From Paul Ormrod. Sir, The FT is indeed a global newspaper (Letters, June 29). But its coverage of domestic political developments is didactic

It seems clear Gove and Johnson never intended that their side would win

From Michael Tory. Sir, Leave voters — and now the entire country given the result — have in my view been the victims of an epic mis-selling scandal that dwarfs PPI

Incumbent on new board to dissolve joint venture

From Barry Gamble. Sir, So against his better judgment the chief executive agreed to subject the decision on whether to continue with a major European joint venture — in place for several decades — to activist shareholders

Le Pen was ‘received’ — as were other party leaders

From Roger Benrubi. Sir, National Front leader Marine Le Pen was not “feted” by François Hollande at the Elysée Palace (“Euro struggles to escape Brexit shadow”, June 28)

Boris must take over and do as Tsipras did

From Julian Adams. Sir, With no political leadership from government and opposition, the country finds itself in a dangerously rudderless ship whose biggest threat is a descent into xenophobic lawlessness

Hedge funds are still reassuringly hard-nosed

From Dr Robert Falkner. Sir, Paul Marshall, the chairman of one of Europe’s leading hedge fund groups, paints with a big brush when describing the post-Brexit landscape

Hedge funds and the Brexit vote

From Tim Donnelly. Sir, To understand why the Brexit vote passed, just look to your June 28 front page: “World’s biggest hedge funds pounce on pound”

Let UK leave as a lesson on pseudo-democracy

From Dr Liubomir K Topaloff. Sir, Gideon Rachman (“I do not believe that Brexit will happen”, June 28) refers to “extremists” among the Leave supporters as a small group, whose opposition to any deal with the EU will always be there, thus should be ignored

BoE should offer low-cost funds to any bank under strain from Brexit

From Prof Tim Congdon. Sir, Perhaps the most disturbing financial sequel to the June 23 Brexit vote was the credit down-rating faced by both the British government and the banking system

Business has to play the hand it has been dealt

From Sir Roger Carr. Sir, The British people have made their decision. Politicians and business leaders must now manage the outcome

The discontent of millions must now be confronted

From Jonathan Paisner. Sir, As disappointing as I find last week’s result and as awful as some of the social and market reactions have been, I wonder whether your headlines screaming doom and gloom may not now be bordering on the hysterical

Hodgson for PM!

From Robin Cooke-Hurle. Sir, As we seem to be in a mood for radical change, perhaps David Cameron should become manager of England, and Roy Hodgson, who does after all have more experience than any other candidate of exiting Europe, should become prime minister

Where to now, FT?

From Edward Mortimer. Sir, So, to where will the world’s only global newspaper be moving its head office: Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, New York . . . or Tokyo?

Forgotten contribution

From Alan Jessop. Sir, In his letter (June 27) instructing the rest of us in the reasons we should be grateful for all that London gives, John Lock omits the enthusiastic participation in the events of 2008

Reluctant birdwatcher

From Richard Hale. Sir, While I am a great supporter of nature conservation in general and the care of the environment, I confess I would prefer to see fewer “black swans” from now on

‘Trust me I’m a trustee’ isn’t good enough for Halcrow pensioners

From Edward Evans. Sir, Chris Martin, writing on behalf of the Halcrow Pension Trustees (Letters, June 23) attacks John Ralfe (Viewpoint, FTfm, June 20) for daring to question the proposed restructuring of the £750m Halcrow Pension Scheme



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