Sir, I detect a great deal of heat in your Letters columns arising from the right of parliament to debate the terms on which the UK leaves the EU. Surely, parliament should have the right to do that? Well, yes, but here is the problem — 52 per cent of those who voted in the referendum voted to leave the EU, while the majority of MPs (about 70 per cent) took the opposite stance. In short, we have a constitutional difficulty, with parliament mandated to implement something that the majority of its members do not agree with. That seems to be the root of the issue.

Martin Hewes

Hewes & Associates,

Haslemere, Surrey, UK

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