NONE of the 17million people who voted to leave the EU will quibble with Theresa May’s pledge that “Brexit means Brexit”.
However there is a growing concern that nothing is yet happening – or if it is, it’s happening exceedingly slowly.
That is why the new group of Eurosceptic MPs calling themselves Leave Means Leave will have a considerable band of support.
It may not be the kindest political tactic to ambush your new Prime Minister on the eve of her first party conference as leader but when Mrs May addresses the faithful next month this could be the spur she needs to prove she means business.
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We have already seen friction in Cabinet over whether giving up access to the single market is a price worth paying in order to regain control of immigration. The leader of Leave Means Leave, businessman Richard Tice, is adamant: “No deal is better than a bad deal.”
If Mrs May has a different view then now is the time to explain why. Certainly many who voted for Brexit are puzzled about talk of deals because as one of the world’s strongest economies we must surely be in the driving seat when dealing with the failing basket case that is the eurozone.
We don’t expect Mrs May to reveal all the cards in her hand; we just need to know she is going to play them soon.
19th September 2016, The Express Online