Before we start, I should make it clear: I feel that Brexit is a supremely bad idea, and if I had any say at all we would not be doing it. It will mean huge economic and political upheaval and pain in the short term, for no gain in the long term. The referendum was won on lies, misinformation, and encouraging ignorance.
But vote out the UK did, and the question ever since has been what form the break will take. Economists have, in the main, been hoping for a ‘soft Brexit’, where access to the Single Market would be retained and the UK would suffer less of a financial shock. However, recent reports from the government have indicated that a ‘hard Brexit’ is more likely – leaving the Single Market with the aim of controlling immigration and regulations. Continue reading