Theresa May has been busy. Following much criticism for not having a strong enough plan for Brexit, she then delivered two speeches in as many days that set out her priorities for the UK outside the European Union.
The verdict of most commentators is that May’s vision for “global Britain” means we are heading irredeemably for a “hard Brexit”.
But there is more to this story than meets the eye. We are also expecting by the end of January the publication of a long-awaited government green paper on industrial strategy. I believe that this development is a better clue to the kind of Brexit that May is aiming for – and that Brexit might be a lot softer than she would currently have us believe.
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