IT is the responsibility of the Scottish Government to ensure that the uninterrupted supply of essential medical supplies is maintained.

Brexit - deal or no deal - will seriously disrupt the flow of transport through French and English customs at Channel ports.

Scotland has at its disposal a splendid but underused airport at Prestwick, where medical supplies could be flown in from pre-arranged collection points in Europe.

This was done in 1948 when the Berlin Airlift commenced, enabling the supply of thousands of tones of foodstuffs and fuel to the city.

A similar operation could operate in reverse, using the much larger capacity cargo aircraft that are now available.

The government has only about a month to secure its lines of supply of vital, lifesaving and other medical needs to hospitals, General Practitioners, pharmacies and dentists.

Urgent action is needed to avert a looming crisis.

Steve Wylie,


by Linlithgow.

WHEN the electorate voted in the Brexit referendum, there were simply two options, in or out.

The ‘out’ option did not specify whether it was with or without a deal but the electorate would have expected us to leave with a deal and not cut ourselves off completely from our European neighbours.

However the consequences of Brexiting with no-deal have yet to be realised and although Boris Johnston wants to leave the EU, as the electorate asked to do, on October 31, we need to protect jobs and the economy for future generations.

So, if we Brexit without a deal, could the country sue Boris Johnson personally, and the present Conservative Government corporately, for allowing us to end up in a worse state than we are in at the moment?

John Ross,



IN his written ruling yesterday (“Scottish court dismisses bid to force Boris Johnson to ask for Brexit extension”, HeraldScotland, October 7), Lord Pentland says that if Boris Johnston failed to comply with the legislation - the Benn Act - “it could damage the “mutual trust” between the courts and the politicians”.

Surely that mutual trust was severely damaged when Johnson’s acolytes in Number 10 briefed the media against the Supreme Court decision last month?

I seem to recall the usual “anonymous sources” saying that the court was wrong and had made a serious error in getting involved in political matters. So much for “mutual trust”.

D Mowat,


IF MPs want to ask the public more precisely about Europe, they should legislate now and do it now.

A new Parliament will not have any majority for doing this, and it is the only way out of the trap. The present cabinet should be locked in office and out of power while it happens.

Severance with nothing? Single Market minus Common Fisheries and Agriculture Policies? Stay in Europe?

Young people really need to keep the Single Market and freedom of movement. They were born with the right to work and live anywhere in Europe

Tim Cox,

Bern 6,


IT becomes ever clearer to those who doubted if the tousled mountebank currently masquerading as Prime Minister had a cunning plan, that his cunning plan was to persuade those who backed him as Party Leader that he had a cunning plan. (“Politics Watch: Staying squirrel on cunning plan”, Alison Rowat, The Herald, October 7).

R Russell Smith,


A WORD for Boris Johnston? How about “unembarrassable”?

Moyna Gardner,