Sir, James Blitz’s eminently lucid account of the Lords’ Brexit debate and its erudite contributions (FT.com, February 22), especially the combination of Lord Hennessy’s Nietzschean reference and Lord Kerr’s Bullingdon quip, put me in mind of Friedrich Schiller’s definition of the lowest civil state: “Where public authority is just one party more, hated and deceived by those who make it necessary and only respected by those who are able to do without it.”

It is a perfect definition of Brexit Britain and comes from On The Aesthetic Education Of Man, itself an impossible concept without closeness to European civilisation.

Simon Crosby

Aysgarth, N Yorks, UK

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