16th July 2018

Soft “Soft Brexit” plans draw hard criticism

This week we finally learnt what Brexit meant when the government published its white paper on what sort of deal it wants from Brussels. Sadly, the paper spells out a poorly conceived, unworkable compromise that fails to take in the complexities of the institutions involved or the practicalities of international trade; and which fails to protect the British economy or return any sort of real control.

As one well known political commentator succinctly put it “a total Horlicks”. In that sense, to one half of the country at least, Brexit did indeed mean Brexit all along.

The optimistic will point to this being just a starting point to work from in the negotiations, but that would hold more weight if it were not for the fact the negotiations are almost over. Given how badly the new Brexit minister handled the relatively simple task of printing the white paper, leading to parliament being suspended while he distributed the copies, the prospects for implementing it don’t look great. In a remarkable bit of stopped clock-ism even Donald Trump has managed to point out the flaws in the idea, perhaps the most damning criticism of all.

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