THE time for EU game-playing has run out.
We really hope we can reach a last-minute, mutually beneficial trade deal with our European neighbours. But if French intransigence holds sway then we must leave the EU without one and wish them good luck.
Macron’s unrealistic eleventh-hour Brexit demands are not worthy of considerationCredit: EPA
If the biggest cheerleader for a European superstate is so worried about economic competition from a UK untied from Brussels bureaucracy then it shows precious little confidence in the viability of the EU project.
If he is still trying to punish us for wanting out of the EU, he’s missed that boat. Britain voted to regain its sovereignty in the referendum, and re-affirmed it with Boris Johnson’s election.
The Prime Minister knows anything less would be a sell out. It’s about time the EU realised there will be no last minute wavering and finally shows respect for what the British people voted for.
The Brexit argument is over. Whether you voted to remain or to leave, it’s time to pull together and heal our wounds. We are heading for the same bright future and we should be determined and excited to make the most of the opportunities it will bring.
We’d love that future to be on the best of terms with our friends in Europe.
It’s up to them.
DAMILOLA Taylor should have been celebrating his 31st birthday today.
He would possibly have done so after a hard day selflessly working as a doctor, which he had hoped to become.
Damilola Taylor should have been 31 today, it is appalling that streets like those he lived on are still riven with knife crimeCredit: Getty Images – Getty
It is a crying shame that, 20 years after his death, inner city streets like those he lived on are still riven with knife crime.
It is appalling that young boys and girls who, given the chance, might nurture ambitions like Damilola’s, are instead pressured to carry drugs and weapons.
Boris Johnson is right to say toughening up law and order is not the whole solution, though it is a necessary start.
Until inner city youngsters can grow up not only free of fear but enthused with achievable aspirations we won’t have properly honoured Damilola’s memory.
We look forward to a time when, for them, every day is a National Day of Hope.
Pensioner Len Gardner, 85, cherishes the kind-hearted phone calls and letter he received from Kate MiddletonCredit: Richard Walker / ImageNorth
PENSIONER Len Gardner, 85, treasures the thought of the phone calls he had from the Duchess of Cambridge, partly because she is the future Queen but mostly because she was so down-to-earth and caring.
You don’t have to be royal to make someone feel special.
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