Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Welcome back to the Dark Ages
Just finished watching Theresa May's "Brexit speech". So a "hard Brexit" it is then. She claims Britain cannot remain in the single market because then it would be "just as if we hadn't left". Not true, Theresa. The UK voted to leave the EU, and that is exactly what a soft Brexit, in which the UK remains in the single market and accepts free movement of people, would do. The UK voted very narrowly to leave, by 51% to 48%. The narrowness of this victory should obviously be interpreted as a vote for a soft Brexit.
Now I agree with all who state that the EU has failed miserably in protecting its borders. Putting in place practical measures to strengthen this should be central to talks. But May's speech shows that the wingnut, Empire-harking isolationists have taken over the Government, in a foretaste of years of political uncertainty in the UK; years of efforts wasted in massive renegotiations that could have been avoided.
Welcome back, the Dark Ages.