Brexit ≠ Brexit
Both the Conservative and Labour stances on Brexit appear to be softening, as the complexity of the process militates against harder line views in both camps. For both parties, the smoothing of a transitional period is paramount. However, recent comments by Kier Starmer might be construed as going much further. In an apparent U-turn, the shadow Brexit secretary wants the UK to stay in the single market and customs union during a transition period for ‘as long as necessary’. With a number of Europhile Conservatives favouring this policy, Theresa May’s preferred exit strategy may now struggle to achieve a Commons majority. Given the intervening General Election (Labour favourite to win), some have read this as leading to a potentially permanent position, which would leave the UK in Norway-like arrangement – continuing to pay into Europe and subject to freedom of movement, etc. etc. So not Brexit?