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 âHard Brexitâ versus âSoft Brexitâ. 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 isolaÂtion and a bleak economic future. Soft Brexit, conversely, conveys a comfortable, ongoing relationship with the EU, with Britain still âpart of the clubâ.
Leaving the single market and the customs union isnât Hard Brexit â" even if the name is deliberately coined to sound painful. It is simply Brexit. Staying inside the EUâs two main legal constructs, m eanwhile, isnât a harmonious Soft Brexit. It amounts, instead, to a deliberate and cynical failure to implement the 2016 referendum result.Source: Google News