It is depressing to see European Council President Donald Tusk using the same tactics towards the UK as Donald Trump uses against Canada — intimidate by economic size and humiliate on social media. It is hard to reconcile your editorial statement ( September 22) that the EU27 are not out to punish the UK with your correspondent’s report ( September 22) that Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel share the view that the UK’s position after Brexit must be demonstrably worse.

Guy Cheeseman
London SE3, UK

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