Tuesday 27 June 2017

May has gone from Remain to reading straight from the Ukip handbook

Phil Hogan
Phil Hogan
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

Forget talk of a 'hard' Brexit, from our point of view it's a brutal one. If a week is a long time in politics, then 30 of them must be an eternity - long enough certainly for Theresa May to transform from a Remain supporter (albeit perhaps a lukewarm one) to the advocate of a Brexit that is almost straight from the Ukip handbook.

There were some honeyed words from the British prime minister yesterday, particularly in relation to Ireland and the common travel area between the two countries.

But they paled into insignificance when compared to the underlying message she put forward: 'We're leaving and we want a deal on our terms that gives us all the benefits of EU membership (free trade, co-operation on security, etc) but none of the unpalatable stuff (free movement of people, the European Court of Justice and so on)'.

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