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Theresa May rallies the pound, channels the demos and steals democracy

by | 17th, January 2017

Thank f*** for that, then. After much pontificating, Theresa May told everyone she’s sided with the British unwashed and decided to go for Brexit.

There has been much talk of hard Brexit and soft Brexit. Hard Brexit meant Brexit. You said your goodbyes and left. Soft Brexit meant no kind of Brexit it all. You said goodbye and left behind your coat with your phone and keys in the pocket in the hope you’d get a call and another lunch date.

The Pet Shop Boys put it well in their hit West End Girls:

Too many shadows, whispering voices
faces on posters, too many choices
If? When? Why? What?
How much have you got?
Have you got it? Do you get it?
If so, how often?
Which do you choose
a hard or soft option?
(How much do you need?)

So a mere seven months after the British public delivered a clear result in a large popular vote, the Prime Minister vowed to represent the people’s will.

“Brexit: UK to leave single market, says Theresa May,” reports the BBC .  The UK “cannot possibly” remain within the European single market, as staying in it would mean “not leaving the EU at all”.

Hurrah! She gets it. She doesn’t want it. But she gets it. And she shot from the hip.

Britain wants to remain a good friend and neighbour to Europe. Yet I know there are some voices calling for a punitive deal that punishes Britain and discourages other countries from taking the same path.

That would be an act of calamitous self-harm for the countries of Europe. And it would not be the act of a friend.

Britain would not – indeed we could not – accept such an approach. And while I am confident that this scenario need never arise – while I am sure a positive agreement can be reached – I am equally clear that no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain.

All strong and decisive stuff. It echoes the strong and decisive vote. But not everyone is pleased.

LibDem leader Tim Farron says May’s moves represent a “theft of democracy”.

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