Hard Brexit will let liberalism thrive in Britain, not snuff it out – Telegraph.co.uk

Hard Brexit will let liberalism thrive in Britain, not snuff it out – Telegraph.co.uk

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It has become fashionable among some of the young and the habitués of Islington wine bars to convince themselves that enthusiasts for Brexit (with the exception, perhaps, of Jeremy Corbyn) are both illiberal and reactionary.

I was proud to be included recently in a list of only 12 MPs of all parties in the House of Commons who voted positively in seven crucial votes on LGBT issues and women’s rights, including those on abortion. Nobody doubts my socially liberal credentials. But I do believe in Brexit too, and a solid one at that – which means having to leave the Single Market.

This, sadly, conflicts with my heroine, the Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson. Her triumph in Scotland and her stance on LGBT and other progressive issues resonate with my own beliefs and those of modern Britain. Yet her stated desire for a ‘soft’ watered-down Brexit reflects the myth that has been…

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