Julian Bray comments: Rather than take apart the 'May hard brexit speech' at this early stage, suffice to say that at last, we have the start of a rough framework to work with, and flesh out.
Why Mrs May has waited so long to deliver this, no one is really certain. Its not that radical, just that 'out' means 'out' and we need to control our borders. Could it be that she wanted a curtain raiser for Davos? Possibly more importantly to effectively jump in before President Trump monopolises the media? What we have to realise is that we do not have teams of experienced negotiators, versed in constructing a multiplicity of trade agreements and protocols. So perhaps this has been recognised and the options simplified? Parliament will have a final vote, before it becomes law. Labour response so far to the speech, has been muted suggesting that Mrs May has stolen their thunder over the four freedoms.
It is also interesting to note that Northern Irelands Stormont is in meltdown, and a snap election has been called. To my mind that situation outweighs everything else, and hopefully a new administration will be quickly sworn in and the 'peace' continued.
No one wants to go back to the 'troubles'. Northern Ireland has held onto an uneasy truce, opposing sides have worked together and really tried to make it work.
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