Sir, Is the FT right to say (editorial, October 21) that “the sanctity of freedom of movement” – ie unrestricted immigration– is “the settled will of most European capitals”? I hear thoughtful voices in many European capitals, and elsewhere, who fully recognise the problems of unrestricted immigrant flows and that this is not just a British concern.

The same goes for other issues often depicted as purely British worries, but in fact shared very widely throughout today’s EU, such as excessive micro-regulation, ill-judged energy and climate policies, massive youth unemployment and general over-centralisation of powers and functions.

There is a better Europe, more suited to the digital age, to be rescued both from the diehard adherents to the 20th century integrationist model (and their apologists) and from the Euro-withdrawalists. Britain should, and could, be part of the pan-European Reform movement to bring that about. And so should the FT!

David Howell

House of Lords, UK

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