The vote in favour of Brexit is equivalent to the declaration of an uprising (such as the proclamation at the Post Office in Dublin in 1916), but an uprising that, after its declaration, is not too sure about what its next move should be.
The long, drawn-out delay in implementing the objective of Brexit, to which Will Podmore (Write Back, November 28) takes exception, illustrates both that uncertainty about the next move and the nature of the political union of the European Union - it is no ordinary set of agreements between individual states.
By entering into the agreement, each state did not simply limit its independence, but entangled it with others.
That surely should be no surprise to Will Podmore, given that it seems to be his view of the EU.
It should, therefore, be no surprise that any attempt to break away, whether by the United Kingdom or, if it should come to that, the Republic of Ireland, will be opposed: not by armed force, but by intimidation and threats of consequences to the welfare of the would-be breakaway.
W A MILLER