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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 17 November 2018

Britain might be better off in the European Union after all

Our readers have their say on Flag Day, Sri Lanka, visas and ISIS

Brexit opponents are stepping up efforts to secure a new referendum. AFP
Brexit opponents are stepping up efforts to secure a new referendum. AFP

I write in reference to your online article UK business leaders urge public vote on Brexit terms (November 4). When Britain voted to leave the European Union in 2016, by a small margin, it was presumed the country would have an honourable exit with many benefits. However, it now appears that Brexit will be hard, with few prequisites or benefits. It would perhaps be wise to hold another poll on whether the British still want to leave, in light of this incredibly tough divorce. Britain may be better off in the EU in the long run. Many large corporations may shift their head offices out of Britain to France, Holland or Germany, impacting jobs for UK citizens.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Fly your flag to honour our nation’s achievements

In reference to your coverage of UAE Flag Day, the UAE flag is a symbol of our achievements as a nation. On this special occasion, I urge residents and expatriates alike to take a moment to honour our country’s past, present and future. Led by Sheikh Khalifa, President of the UAE, Flag Day is a time to remember and express our gratitude to the late founding father, Sheikh Zayed and affirm our commitment to the UAE’s progress and achievements.

Abdulla Mohammed Alashram, CEO of Emirates Post Group

Foreign workers should stay away from dodgy agents

I write in reference to your article Residents hurry to settle debts and court cases before applying for UAE visa amnesty (November 4), the UAE is one of the few countries where legal help to foreign workers is provided fairly by the immigration, labour and police departments. Workers should approach these departments for help, and not the agents who exploit them.

Name withheld by request

Sri Lanka coverage opens the minds of people like me

I refer to your coverage of the constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka. Although I was born in Sri Lanka, I’m a US citizen. Very seldom do I visit Sri Lanka and I have no remaining family contacts after the death of my parents. But I do pick up Sri Lankan news from media like yours. Its very sad to see the present situation, which took place after the president’s unconstitutional sacking of his prime minister. Your articles open the minds of people like myself about what is happening in my motherland. Thank you all very much.

Bathiya Coomasaru, US

The ISIS attack in Egypt is tragic and unacceptable

Please refer to your article Deadly attack on Egyptian bus carrying Coptic Christians (November 3). The brutal attack in Minya that killed seven people and injured 14 was sad to read. The attack took place at the same location of last year’s, when 28 Christians were killed by militants. However, Friday’s attack was perpetrated by ISIS. They have targeted Coptic Christians because they supported President Abdul Fatah El Sisi, after he toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2013. The guilty should be brought to book.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru