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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 October 2018

Theresa May deserves support rather than criticism

Our readers have their say on Brexit, Yemen and India-Pakistan relations

British Prime Minister Theresa May preparing to make a statement on Brexit negotiations with the European Union at Number 10 Downing Street on September 21, 2018. Jack Taylor / Getty Images
British Prime Minister Theresa May preparing to make a statement on Brexit negotiations with the European Union at Number 10 Downing Street on September 21, 2018. Jack Taylor / Getty Images

I write in reference to Gavin Esler’s op-ed Brexit is the naughtiest thing Theresa May has ever done (September 24): I think Mr Esler is being a little unfair to Mrs May, who has one of the toughest jobs in the world. She was not an advocate of Brexit but as prime minister, she is obliged to implement it.

Brexit continues to be a controversial issue. Britain itself was almost equally divided over it and the EU was understandably divided. While many in Europe would like to make the divorce thorny, Britain would like its many privileges to continue.

Nevertheless, the EU will not let Britain have its cake and eat it too. Now Mrs May has to walk a tightrope to salvage as many advantages as possible, while also leaving. This will call for tough negotiations and a thick skin.

Former prime minister David Cameron chose to walk out of the job because he did not want to be entangled in a cause he did not believe in. Mrs May picked up the gauntlet, so will have to suffer setbacks and humiliations. She deserves support and understanding from her countrymen while undertaking a tough mission. The job is truly unenviable.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Hopes for India-Pakistan are sadly crushed again

I refer to your article India 'arrogant' for cancelling rare meeting says Pakistan’s Imran Khan (September 24): on the one hand, I applaud Mr Khan’s desire to have peace talks with India but on the other, the recent brutal killings of three Indian soldiers in Kashmir justifiably made India change its mind. It is sad that whenever peace looks possible, tragedies take pleace.

Pakistan’s prime minister should have used more diplomatic language rather than calling India “arrogant”. After 71 years of conflict, this is a sad state of affairs.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Peace efforts in Yemen must continue in earnest

I write in reference to your front page story UAE gives more than $4bn to ease Yemen suffering (September 23): this is an excellent move but efforts to bring peace to Yemen should continue in earnest so the country can return to normality. The Houthi menace must be quashed as they are the prime hurdles in any peace move.

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It is a tragedy, in this day and age, that the fight against famine in Yemen is being lost, as your reporting suggests.

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