THE articles on Brexit in the Sunday National, with polls showing that UK-wide the Brexit Party is far ahead of the Tories and Labour, raises some serious questions (Parties deliver their final pitch as Scotland prepares for crucial European vote, May 19).

Nigel Farage has already declared that he wants a seat at the Brexit negotiations if his party wins a majority of the MEPs.

The UK could have a General Election in a few months from now because some Tories are saying that they would vote down the Queen’s Speech rather than accept Boris Johnson as their new leader.

That scenario is some way off, but as a week is a long time in politics, let’s assume that the opinion polls prove to be accurate with the Brexit Party in a runaway victory at the EU elections on Thursday.

Would the Westminster parliament’s duopoly risk holding a General Election knowing that the leader of the largest party would be invited to form the next government?

Is it really possible that as a result of David Cameron’s panic reaction to divisions in the Tory party, our next government could be led by Nigel Farage in a coalition between the Brexit, Tory and DUP parties?

Now that really is a horrifying thought.

John Jamieson
South Queensferry

I BROKE a promise to myself never to watch certain political programmes on the EBC ever again – Question Time, Andrew Marr, Andrew Neil, Sunday Politics etc – when I watched Marr yesterday morning, and I just hope that someone from HQ was watching with a stop-watch. I found that the times roughly broke down as: Vince Cable got more than 20 minutes, presumably on the strength of winning a handful of seats in the English locals; Chuka Umunna got more than 15 minutes; Jeremy Corbyn way allowed to waffle on, flip-flopping for nearly 20 minutes; and then Nicola got less than ten minutes of condescension from Marr. Where was the charter of “Fair Allocation of Space”?

I can’t see how anybody with a modicum of fairness could see that these interviews were anything but unfair in time allocation. But we really do need the EBC to explain now how the time was allocated yesterday morning, especially the near 25 minutes given to the FibDems, who are the fourth-equal party at 11 MPs and some 50,000 members against the SNP with 35 MPs and nearly 140,000 members. We wait for an explanation – and we’ll wait – and wait.

Charlie Gallagher

I RECEIVED through my door the Labour party election leaflet yesterday and was surprised to find that half of it was written in Welsh urging me to vote for Welsh Labour (Llafur Cymru).

Peter Winning

I SEE that one of Farage’s objections to the EU is that Britain shouldn’t be told what to do (in his terms) by Messrs Barnier and Juncker. Well, the EU is governed by a democratic Parliament and a Commission representing all the member nations. Their deliberations are open and accessible, and open also to challenge. We know where their funds come from.

On the other hand, if Nigel’s blandishments work on the xenophobic and gullible, we’ll be told what to do by Nigel and his chums – and we don’t know at all who his main backers are, although we can guess fairly confidently that their motivation isn’t the common good. All that publicity and printing doesn’t come cheap; somebody’s investing in it, and I don’t believe Nigel’s personal pockets are that deep. The choice between these alternatives shouldn’t, I think, hold us up for long.

Colin Stuart
Saline, Fife

ALEXANDER Boris de Pfeffel Johnson has announced he is intending to stand as a candidate in the now certain leadership contest for the Conservative party.

Nicola Sturgeon has drawn attention to the fact that Ruth Davidson has qualms about Boris Johnson as a future leader. In fact, during the EU referendum Ruth Davidson, then a supporter of Remain (where she is now no-one knows), openly criticised Boris Johnson and lambasted him publicly.

We know that Boris Johnson tells untruths, is untrustworthy and as Foreign Secretary was utterly incompetent. We know he talks mostly twaddle overlaid with meaningless, long-winded verbage, arcane allusions and Latin tags, and haughtily pokes puns at others at conferences impressing the blue-rinse-brigade.

He once made piscatory allusions to the surnames of Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond. However, he unfortunately has a middle name de Pfeifel which is close in sound to a nowadays unused word found in the Oxford English Dictionary, namely “Piffle”, a slang word for twaddle.

Perhaps, it can be said that the man certainly does live up to his name and reputation to date! As one says in Latin: “Nomen est omen.”

John Edgar

I AM curious to know if the Brexiteers realise how much this fiasco is costing per week. During the Leave campaign Boris had on the battle bus that there would be a saving of £350 million per week which would go to the NHS. The reality is that it is currently costing the UK £500m per week or £26bn per annum. In 2017 the UK Government paid £13bn to the EU budget, and the EU spending on the UK was forecast to be £4bn. Therefore the UK’s net contribution was estimated at nearly £9bn. That means the UK Government is spending 2.8 years of EU contributions per annum.

It seems to me that the spend is greater than any possible saving.

Gordon Walker