For well over a year now, I have been telling my American audiences Brexit will never happen. And it’s become increasingly clear this is true.
At a private dinner of Conservative activists on Wednesday night, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson summarised the UK’s position, reportedly saying there was a high chance of Britain ending up with an arrangement that would violate many of the Brexiteers’ red lines, keeping it “locked in orbit around the EU, in the customs union and, to a large extent, still in the single market.”
“So not really having full freedom on our trade policy, our tariff schedules, and not having freedom with our regulatory framework either. In essence it would mean the UK had left the EU without taking back control over its own affairs.”
We left without leaving. Try explaining this to an audience that believes so steadfastly in the will of the people. In fact, try explaining this ridiculous idea at all.
People ask: “How is that even possible?” Well may they ask...
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