I AM a believer in democracy so accept the decision to leave the EU.

However the feeling that I had on hearing the result took me back some years.

It was the same feeling of helplessness I had sitting on the pillion of a friend’s motorcycle thinking: “We are not going to make it round this corner. There is nothing I can do about it. This is going to hurt.”

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I was right on all three counts.

At the moment, with all the “unexpected” snags (like the border with Eire, for example) which keep being discovered I have reached the next stage.

My bum hitting the road and me wondering: “How much?”

Bill Bartle, Barnard Castle