THE frustrations of Brexit make it the only issue of this election.

How sad, because if Brexit is resolved following the General Election then there is the real question about the problems that will continue, in terms of health and social care, education, law and order and how we as a nation relate to the rest of the world.

I am concerned at how we relate to one another. We are shaped by who we are and where we come from.

Often our politics and political preferences are an influence but not always a defining factor. That is until now. It is what shapes our identity.

For the past three years the country has been embroiled in Brexit.

The close result of the referendum left a nation divided.

It strengthened the case or arguments for each side. We have become a nation of sides.

Like everyone I want Brexit done, but of course it’s how it’s done. I’ve never been convinced by a no-deal Brexit but I don’t want to ignore the democratic will of the people.

Sadly, the nation and its constituent parts are fixed, inflexible and haven’t the appetite for much in the way of compromise.

A nation of sides can produce a climate of uncertainty and the parties of political extremism rise to the challenge.

A statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury was, I think, timely and measured but not surprisingly it drew criticism from some mainstream politicians.

We need to build relationships and not destroy what we have achieved in a spirit that promotes peace and does not provoke unrest.

Surely in our early lives we didn't set out to destroy everything around us?

Sadly, I think we are in danger of doing just that and in the process losing sight of those in real need.

Bernie Walsh, Coxhoe.