Martin Kettle asks when we might get Brexit benefits (If Brexit is ‘done’, then where’s the dividend?, 13 January). They are here already: British sugar beet farmers can now use neonicotinoids, banned in much of Europe, to kill bees. This despite Michael Gove vowing to the environmental audit committee in July 2018 that our freedom from EU regulations would mean we would set stricter environmental controls.
• Jacob Rees-Mogg thinks the fish in our seas are “better and happier fish” for being British (Report, 14 January). Indeed, with many seafood exporters facing post-Brexit bankruptcy, it is starting to look like the fish will be the main beneficiaries of this marvellous deal.
• After watching the excellent ITV miniseries The Pembrokeshire Murders, I heard the comment “institutional incompetence” being levelled at the local police force. Could this be also applied to the present Westminster government?
• Football authorities have warned that goal celebrations may be a Covid risk (Lampard vows to stop hugs as Allardyce hits out at government ‘nonsense’, 14 January). I’m glad to see Crystal Palace adopting the precautionary principle by scoring very few.
• I have no desire to visit Greece (Greece presses case for Covid vaccine passports but other EU states wary, 14 January), but would welcome a vaccination certificate that enabled me to get back into my local pub!