The Boer war offers Boris Johnson a lesson in freedom | Brief letters

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Boris Johnson compared Ukraine’s struggle to Brexit (Please don’t compare Ukraine to Brexit, Petro Poroshenko asks Boris Johnson, 23 March). A better comparison is with the Boer war, where (in this case two) smaller countries fought for their independence, which the mighty Albion did not grant them. All of Europe was in favour of the Boers, but nobody dared to go to war against the English.
Ton Karelse
Emmerich am Rhein, Germany

• Could all of the Premier League teams change their away kit for the rest of the season to a yellow and blue strip, such as the one Arsenal wore to win the FA Cup in 1971, thereby showing their support and that of their millions of fans in the UK and worldwide for the people of Ukraine.
Andy Stuart
Rye, East Sussex

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