Opinion – Taking a pounding | Lead – The Economist

The Economist lead article concludes that the most sensible course would be to heed markets’ concerns about Brexit. It argues that the overwhelming weight of evidence shows that leaving the customs union and single market would exact a heavy toll on Britain’s economy. However, it concludes that remaining within them would require political courage, given the clear economic benefits. The bottom line is that it’s not too late to change course.

Flag waving will not be enough to redress the damage from Brexit.

Source: Taking a pounding | The Economist

Personally, I’m already worried about Theresa May‘s judgement as PM. With a number of Conservative MPs ready to side with Labour colleagues, May, worried by her slim majority in parliament, signalled a U-turn and agreed to parliament debating Brexit – she’s still not conceded on giving parliament greater voting control over Brexit. But the pressure is on  with Jeremy Corbyn beginning to unite the Labour Party on Brexit and rattle the government – also the legal suit over Article 50 is damaging May’s reputation.

Surely if Theresa May were a strong leader she would trigger an election and give the UK public a second chance on Brexit?

Gina Miller: the woman taking on Theresa May over article 50 | Politics | The Guardian

The Guardian looks at the investment manager bidding to stop May triggering Brexit without MPs’ approval – she’s used to holding the powerful to account.

Source: Gina Miller: the woman taking on Theresa May over article 50 | Politics | The Guardian

The triggering of Article 50 is probably the most important national decision since taking Britain into WWII. Legal opinion is divided over the need for parliament to have the authority to trigger Article 50. Ms. Millar is a hero for protecting Britain’s sovereignty of parliament.  Theresa May knows that most MPs are hostile to Brexit but she’s wrong to try to bypass parliament – there needs to be full debate, with green papers and voting on various stages in the process as highlighted in today’s excellent Guardian editorial.