May I congratulate you on your leader (“A Northern Ireland deal needs realism on all sides”, FT View, June 8) which marks a welcome recalibration from your previous rock solid support for Brussels on the Northern Ireland issue.

As you in effect acknowledge, the UK, after a bruising battle to “take back control”, is not about to make itself again subject to Europe’s phytosanitary rules.

So the problem boils down to less EU “legal purism” (ie, massive bureaucracy) in applying the rules.

It is surely a scandal that blind people travelling to Northern Ireland are having trouble bringing their guide dogs. Let us hope that, as Northern Ireland edges closer to the political abyss, your shift in position will help others to do the same.

Sir Anthony Brenton
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK

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