Letter: Europe needs resolution to ban racism

Sir: I read with dismay ("Europe blocks duty-free drinks for the troops", 26 December) that the other members of the European Union are unlikely unanimously to back a request by the Government for Commonwealth troops to receive duty-free goods whilst stationed in the United Kingdom.

Perhaps the Foreign Office should approach each EU member individually, asking them if they have any objection to this practice - reminding them that there was none during the Second World War, when troops from many Commonwealth countries helped to liberate European countries.

LESLIE FREITAG

Harpenden, Hertfordshire

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