Today’s speech by Theresa May clarified one thing: UK government is aiming for a hard Brexit. The four freedoms of the EU will soon become a thing of the past here and today’s British PM went a long way to assure her audience that the future is bright. Or is it?
Prior to the June referendum, Vote Leave insisted time and time again that there is no intention to leave the single market. Today we heard that the UK prefers control over freedom, national interest over that of the continent and it dreams big of conquering the world – after it lost its colonies and now is losing 27 closest neighbours and allies.
In a promise-rich and well-rehearsed show there seems to be something for everyone. What isn’t there but will inevitably happen, is the prospect of an effectively poorer middle and working class, limited options for students and an increasingly hostile environment for minorities. This cannot end well.