The threat of an EU trade war, Sir Keir Starmer potentially resigning over ‘beergate’, and the 38 Bills set out in the Queen’s Speech were three topics that got readers talking this week.
Here we share the best debates between our readers in the comments section and Letters. You can also join the conversation below.
EU Trade war
EU leaders threatened a trade war after Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary, proposed to unilaterally change parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol, and it led readers to debate the impact this could have on the UK.
“The Protocol was designed to be amended as and when required. Without the support of both communities in Northern Ireland, it is unsustainable. If it can’t be amended to everyone’s satisfaction, it has to go.”
“Truss can huff and puff, but the EU will not make concessions on the deal agreed by Johnson to ‘get Brexit done’. In the meantime, Britain’s reputation as a country that honours international agreements will be totally trashed. The UK should avoid triggering a trade war with our biggest trade partner, which we cannot win.”
Sir Keir Starmer and ‘beergate’
Readers were divided over whether Sir Keir Starmer should resign as Labour leader if he is fined by Durham Police over ‘beergate’. Charles Moore wrote that it would be ridiculous for him to go, as “no one was harmed in the eating of Sir Keir’s curry”.