There is a majority in Parliament – in both Houses – for some form the ‘soft’ Brexit. The question is, can it get out?
Let’s be clear – the Brexiteers are right about one thing: the majority of MPs stood on manifestos committing us to leaving the EU. But they did not commit themselves to any old Brexit Theresa May and David Davis decide we’ll get. Labour’s manifesto was ambiguous and many individual candidates entered their own local caveats.
The majority in the House of Commons would probably now vote for something like this:
We formally leave the EU in April 2019.
We agree an “interim” deal to remain in the EEA or EFTA (or both) and the customs union pending further negotiations.
Such a deal could satisfy soft Leavers and Remainers. For now. Continue reading