Netizen 24 GBR: The biggest problem with Soft Brexit is that it's not attainable

By On September 16, 2017

The biggest problem with Soft Brexit is that it's not attainable

In the first of two extracts from their new book, Liam Halligan and Gerard Lyons say the commonly held belief that Britain would be better off inside the single market and customs union is misconceived

There has been much talk of “Hard Brexit” versus “Soft Brexit”. Such labels are ubiquitous during these Article 50 negotiations â€" used freely by the broadcast media â€" yet they are partisan and deeply misleading. Hard Brexit makes leaving the European Union sound extreme and damaging, suggesting isola­tion and a bleak economic future. Soft Brexit, conversely, conveys a comfortable, ongoing relationship with the EU, with Britain still “part of the club”.

Leaving the single market and the customs union isn’t Hard Brexit â€" even if the name is deliberately coined to sound painful. It is simply Brexit. Staying inside the EU’s two main legal constructs, m eanwhile, isn’t a harmonious Soft Brexit. It amounts, instead, to a deliberate and cynical failure to implement the 2016 referendum result.

Source: Google News

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