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Tory split on Brexit opens

Posted by seumasach on August 29, 2016

A senior Conservative told the paper: “There’s a tussle going on here. The chief culprit is the chancellor.

“He has taken the position that there are no red lines, that you’ve got to stay part of the market and it doesn’t matter what you give way on. Hammond is operating as a blocking mechanism.”

Soon the divisions in the Labour Party will pale in comparison with those in the Tory Party. Hammond’s position is de facto “remain”. Remaining in the single market means remaining in the EU or possibly the EEA. The latter option is really quite pointless since it is merely a kind of downgraded membership. Hammond’s goal will be to split the Brexit camp and neutralise it: this is all too easy since they lack any coherent programme. As soon as a negotiation plan becomes an imperative the enormity of the Brexit fiasco will be there for all to see. As so often throughout history the worst thing that can happen to an oppositional movement is that they are put into power. Soon they will long for the old days of endless complaining and finger-pointing and, it has to be said, lying about the EU without any need for an alternative geopolitical vision.

Britain will retain access to single market and curb migration under plans considered by Theresa May


28th Auigust, 2016

Britain will retain access to the single market for financial sector and the car industry while curbing migration under plans being considered by Theresa May.

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