Theresa May arriving ahead of a European council meeting on Brexit in Brussels on Wednesday

The EU council determining the length of an extension to article 50 should put to rest the decades-long Europhobe lie that the EU is run by “unelected bureaucrats” (Britain told leave by 31 October, 11 April). Brexit has also exposed Michael Gove’s campaign claim that “the day after we vote to leave we hold all the cards and can choose the path we want”. Surely a man capable of such grotesque deception cannot be considered a potential prime minister? Or perhaps he can, in which case we should prepare for even worse.
Dr Simon Sweeney
University of York

• Over the last three years I have followed the whole Brexit imbroglio pretty closely, both home and abroad. In all that time I have heard representatives from the other 27 EU countries make coherent and telling arguments in a foreign language, English, often far more cogently and concisely than English politicians have done in their own tongue.

Apart from the odd Latin phrase and some tortured attempts from you-know-who, not once, throughout the debate, have I heard a British politician speak even the most basic French, German, Spanish, Italian or any other European language.

After over 40 years’ membership of the largest and most successful trading and political union in the world, the arrogance and insularity of the English knows no bounds. No wonder the zeitgeist of the nation is one of unalloyed angst and the rest of the world has a justified feeling of schadenfreude.
Jan Wiczkowski
Prestwich, Greater Manchester

• Tony Greaves (Letters, 11 April) is right, the European poll could be the turning point in British politics. A united progressive remain ticket, created to fight the European…