Posted: 30/06/2016 at 14:54
Boris has pulled out because Gove has said he is not capable of putting together a Brexit team and lacks leadership qualities. Pretty rich from a man who declared pretty much the same thing about himself a couple of years ago. I expect Boris is now hoping Gove gets beaten by just about anybody and is going to bide his time to exact revenge. Can't see him fading quietly into the woodwork.
The British public has shafted itself, believing people like them in the first place and not taking the trouble to inform itself about the differences - or lack of them - between operating in the single market as a member who can and should influence policy and decisions (which the UK regularly failed to do) or operating in the single market as part of the EEA with all the same rules, financial payments, free movement of people and goods and services and no say in policies.
Or it can operate outside the single market and pay tarifs on exports to Europe which make up about 50% of total exports. This may well end up being the best option because, understandably and predictably, the remaining 27 EU countries are unlikely to be generous in Brexit negotiations and some, like Spain and France, will want to punish so as not to encourage their own dissidents and separatists.
The UK now needs strong leadership to navigate its way out of this mess and come up smiling as a strong economy that can pay for its citizens ambitions for housing, jobs, education, health and social care. For those who worry about excess immigration the UK has skills shortages and needs to train more bakers, engineers, car mechanics, nurses, doctors etc to replace all the EU citizens currently filling those roles and find UK citizens willing to work in care homes or as cleaners or serving food in motorway service stations and Costalot or picking fruit and veg.
Corbyn is clearly a lame duck, no matter how nice, reasonable or whatever else he is. He's not equipped to be a national leader especially in time of crisis.
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