While Nigel Farage threatens to lead 100,000 anti-EU supporters down to the Supreme Court, Edward Lowton ponders whether forcing the Government to state its terms is the worst thing that could have happened.
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hile the Brexiteers are planning to march on London to fight for the UK’s right to determine its own laws – ignoring the irony of this particular Nigel Farage sideshow, the Brits do seem to have a problem when it comes to playing economic and political poker with the EU.
What Brexit are we pushing for? And more relevant to British industry, what Brexit would be best for us?
Nicky Morgan, the former Education Secretary, has said a group of senior Tories will demand “sensible Brexit” in the months ahead and force the government to set out a plan for Brexit.
Morgan’s call echoes the view of Lord Hill who had earlier stated that rather than a choice between a hard Brexit and a soft Brexit, it would be a choice between “a stupid Brexit and a more intelligent one.”
While obviously it would be inappropriate for the Government to be required to provide a detailed negotiating plan, surely voters on both sides have a right to know what Brexit actually means.
So when it comes to the will of the ‘people’, does it necessarily mean the will of the people at no mattter what the price – the rallying cry of hardline Brexiteers.
Some businesses will be worried by this and many will need reassurances.