As US and Japan issue trade warnings, Theresa May and the Tories are yet to outline more than merest hint of a strategy
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Brexit isn’t about making the best of a bad job. It is about seizing the huge and exciting opportunities that will flow from a new place for Britain in the world. There will be new freedoms, new opportunities, new horizons for this great country.
This government is looking at every option, but the simple truth is that if a requirement of membership is giving up control of our borders I think that makes it very improbable.
Who made a rule that we have to stop the debate now? There will come a moment when we have had the negotiations and can see the terms, and we will be able to say that it is a good idea or perhaps that it is a bad idea, with major consequences.
Brexit is a political amputation. But Britain was never a full member of the European Union; it had even stopped playing a role in EU foreign policy. The negotiations will take years and years.
We don’t know yet if and when and under what conditions [it might happen]. We have had the referendum, which was a clear political signal, but a lot still has to happen. Everything is still somewhat speculative.
The onus is on the country that decides to leave to tell us how they want to leave, and I think that’s the starting point of the discussion … Perhaps they should first get their act together and tell us what they really want.
It’s a disastrous government we’ve got right now, and where are we in offering really robust, serious and credible opposition to that? Nowhere. And Jeremy has to be held accountable for that.
I’m surprised at the numbers of people who’ve been denied a vote and at the lack of reason that’s been given to people. I’m concerned about that because surely in a democratic process everyone should be entitled to vote unless there is some very good reason.
They know they are advancing into an autumn in which all the big political and economic calls are connected and all have big consequences. They mostly understand the problems they face. What they lack at this stage are the answers. But the inescapable truth is that all the choices that follow from Brexit are difficult – and many of them are very bad ones indeed.
There is a path to a successful Brexit that doesn’t knacker the British economy – it just involves breaking many of the promises made by Vote Leave, something she has sounded reluctant to do just yet.
We are going into the huge Brexit experiment with the tiller of state tied fast in a single position, without proper parliamentary opposition and under a new leader who has only to look in one direction to maintain her position.
It is the benefit of intelligent deregulation, something that cannot be captured in any theoretical economic model but which we demonstrated in the 1980s, that offers the prospect of the greatest economic gain. And this is entirely in our own hands, and not a matter of negotiations with others. That is what we need to be focused on now.
So. Today we learned Brexit means Brexit, and will be successful, not unsuccessful, and will achieve difficult things, not not achieve them.