This is a good read from the Independent. It reports that David Cameron and Ken Clarke have joined a concerted push by Conservative heavyweights for Theresa May to accept that her hard Brexit policy is doomed. It quotes the former prime minister urging his successor to “consult more widely” with other parties on the exit talks, saying: “I think there will be pressure for a softer Brexit.” It adds that the call was quickly followed by a plea from Mr Clarke, the former Chancellor, for new trade barriers “between us and our most important market in the world” to be avoided at all costs.
Meanwhile, ‘the three stooges’, the triumvarite of ministers leading Brexit negotiations, are expected to continue to press for a hard Brexit. This will show European negotiators that the UK is hopelessly divided on Brexit.
I expect pressures to build with heavy-weight evidence from international experts piling in on the side of a soft Brexit. With the Far Right sponsors of a hard Brexit likely to intervene agressively, we can expect the reemergence of Nigel Farage. It’s possible that the UK people will be facing a stark choice between populists on the Far Right and those on the Far Left – the common denominator will be supression of truth and evidence, with rhetoric and dogma prevailing. But when the end justifies the means, freedoms and liberties are supressed in favor of the political will leaders and sponsors. Ordinary people should remember the story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin