RICHARD Drax (Column, December 14) is right to apologise for the Brexit chaos.

He and his “European Research Group” pals bear a heavy responsibility for the division, damage already caused – with their exaggeration about savings and benefits of leaving, and their fantasy for a Unicorn Brexit, in which we get all of the benefits of the EU with none of the compromises or responsibilities – this simply doesn’t exist and never will.

The Labour party are not much better with their political posturing, and the hypocrisy of their totally unachievable “six tests”.

In my view Theresa May has come out with some credit.

It’s a poison chalice of a job, but at least she has dogmatically pursued a deal to a point where it could be agreed.

No – it’s not a very good deal – but away from the fantasy land that Jacob Rees-Mogg and Richard Drax live in, that was always going to be the case.

It’s not a very good deal for the EU either – If it was, they would be rubbing their hands in glee as they wave us goodbye – but they are not; they are just trying to do the best they can, and vilifying the EU negotiators as evil foreigners is mildly repulsive.

So where does that leave us?

One thing that I agree with Richard Drax on is that further negotiation will make little difference to the deal, thus there are three actual options on the table: Theresa May’s Deal; No-deal Hard Brexit; Cancel Brexit.

I know it’s another unpopular route, but we need another referendum now.

The three options must be on the table, with a single transferable vote for everyone; thus after the first count, the least popular option is rejected and the second preference votes from the rejected option added to the others to get the overall winner.

This is entirely fair and democratic. It’s not “thwarting the will of the people” as it was totally unclear what Brexit was at the last referendum; now we know and we must be given a choice.

Despite his evasive “no comment” on his support or not for Theresa May, Richard Drax appears to have firmly nailed his colours to the “No-deal Hard Brexit” mast.

Fair enough, that’s his choice, but not on our behalf.

To suggest that he is doing this to “honour the result of the referendum” is utterly disingenuous; on this basis he should be supporting Mrs May not his own extreme right wing agenda.

I’m not going to try and persuade you any further which way to go, but I know how I will be voting. Let’s get on with it – second referendum now.

MARK GUGAN

Dorchester