Letter: A Euclidean view of the UK’s public finances

One wonders whether Boris Johnson’s second class degree in classics, referred to by Gideon Rachman (“Coronavirus could kill off populism”, Opinion, June 30), helped hone his Euclidean skills. For if so, he might have noticed that the incremental costs for the UK — the £7bn red tape bill British business faces under the Brexit border plan — are already approaching the £9bn net contribution to the EU in 2018, as published by the Treasury.

The balance ultimately remaining to support the NHS may well sadly prove to be correspondingly piffling.

James Pitman
Brighton, UK


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