What is soft Brexit and how is it different to a hard Brexit? Options ahead as UK looks to negotiate an exit from the EU – The Sun
What is soft Brexit and how is it different to a hard Brexit? Options ahead as UK looks to negotiate an exit from the EU
THE fallout of Theresa May’s snap election gamble resulted in Conservatives arguing it is time to consider a soft Brexit.
After the Tories failed to win a majority senior members of the party called for a softer deal – but what is the difference between a soft and hard Brexit?
The topic of Brexit – and what kind of a deal we will negotiate – was key to the election result, many believe
What is a soft Brexit?
As six senior Conservatives argued for closer links between Britain and the EU they also said Labour and other parties should have a say in the final deal.
The Tory manifesto vowed to withdraw Britain from the single market and the customs union, so that we can end free immigration and quit the EU court.
But Labour has not signed up to that approach, raising the prospect that cross-country talks could lead to a softer form of Brexit which might anger many Leave voters.
A soft Brexit would see the UK have a similar membership of the European Economic Area to that of Norway.
This would mean the country would still have access to the Single Market, while being able to make deals without the rest of the EU.
It would also see the UK stay within the EU customs union – meaning exports would not be subject to border checks.
And a softer Brexit could see the UK remaining part of the Single Market and making payments into EU budgets – accepting the “four freedoms” of movement of goods, services, capital and people.
Free access for European nationals to work and settle in the UK would also continue.
David Davis is in charge of heading up negotiations as Britain leaves the EU
How would it be different to a hard Brexit?
A hard Brexit would take Britain out of Europe’s single market.
It could also see Britain leave the trade agreement completely, allowing it to strike up deals with other nations around the globe.
Anti-EU voices insist a hard Brexit must be met to satisfy the wishes of the Brexit referendum vote.
That would mean Britain severs all formal free trade ties with the continent, leaving it free to negotiate new trade links with countries including the USA, China, India and Commonwealth states.
Mrs May had also said no deal would be better than a bad deal, when planning to carve out a hard Brexit.
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What have party members said about a Brexit deal and the UK’s options?
Scottish Tories leader Ruth Davidson – one of the party’s biggest stars after swiping 12 seats from the SNP – led the charge against a hard Brexit as she spoke alongside her MPs in the days following the election.
She said: “I want to ensure that we can look again at issues like Brexit which we know we are now going to have to get cross-party support for.”
Former minister Anna Soubry, who is fiercely pro-EU, insisted that the PM must “absolutely” water down her Brexit plans.
Nicky Morgan said the Government must “build a consensus across the Commons” – and said the PM should “compromise” on the Brexit plans she has already laid out.
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