‘Hard Brexit’ on the cards as ministers struggle over cohesive strategy

Liam Fox.

TRADE secretary Liam Fox has said that Brexit offers the UK a “golden opportunity” to trade with partners across the world, especially in developing markets. 

His comments come as Conservative ministers lurch between angling for a ‘soft’ or ‘hard’ Brexit, which hinges on whether the UK would retain access to the EU’s single market or go it alone.

Ideologically minded Brexiteers had favoured a hard exit but new prime minister Theresa May’s ambivalent stance on the matter led to speculation that a soft Brexit, which would make little real difference to facts on the ground, was the likeliest option. 

A Bloomberg analysis has now found that a hard Brexit, whereby Britain would leave the single market, is a growing possibility, music to the ears of extreme right-wingers such as Fox, who favour TTIP and other corporate deals with the US, China and other key non-EU players. 

Fox’s speech came as Alistair Campbell, the propagandist of former prime minister Tony Blair, revealed that his old boss hoped to become president of the European Commission. 

Campbell is determined to spin his time in power into more money with the release of his memoirs from 2003-2005 in which he reportedly details the bitter relationship between Blair and his chancellor Gordon Brown.

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