Let's end wishful thinking and look at the hard facts
Colm McCarthyThe UK Government is likely to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty sooner than had been expected, in the first months of 2017, according to last Thursday's remarks from Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. EU Council President Donald Tusk indicated last week that this was also Theresa May's timetable, only to be corrected by the UK prime minister. The Three Brexiteers in the UK Cabinet (Johnson, Liam Fox and David Davis) have been jointly charged with executing Brexit. While the division of responsibilities is unclear, all three appear to contemplate not just an accelerated timetable but also a clean exit from the single market and the customs union. The prime minister's office has been briefing disguised rebukes (Theresa May was a Remainer) but it is becoming clear that there will be no back-tracking and there could well be a 'hard' Brexit. The Tory party will do whatever it takes to avoid a split. If that means a harder Brexit than common sense dictates, that may well happen.