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Getting the measure of Brexit lorry queue

Letters
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<span>Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Your report (UK facing risk of ‘systemic economic crisis’, official paper says, 24 November) prompted me to check our provisions. Once again toilet paper may run short and, in these straitened times, I wondered if old copies of the Guardian might suffice. My wife suggested the compostable wrappers of the newspaper may be the ideal recycling option.
Robert East
London

• Michael Harrison (Letters, 25 November) asks for a conversion formula to calculate how many lorries to the mile if queued end to end? The average artic is 16.5 metres long. If they’re parked tightly nose to tail, that’s about 60 per kilometre or 96 per mile. Allowing a small space between them, 7,000 trucks parked in a single line would stretch from the M25 to Dover.
Dave Young
Former truck driver, Hastings

• Adrian Chiles (Britain still makes things? Who knew?, 25 November) and Christopher Lovejoy’s letter (The grim reality that is ‘getting Brexit done’, 25 November) made me wonder: what do we actually export these days that needs a lorry?
Sue Stephenson
Barrow-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire

• As Boris Johnson has decided to get rid of seven-twelfths of Christmas (Report, 26 November), at least we won’t all have to put up with those lords and ladies dancing and a-leaping everywhere. Although I will miss all the drumming.
Ian Grieve
Gordon Bennett, Llangollen canal

• In the interests of a greener, lower-waste Christmas, could the Guardian could bring back its artist-designed Christmas wrapping paper as the centre spread?
Maggie Johnston
St Albans, Hertfordshire