Can Theresa May Agree a Soft Brexit?

Britain’s snap elections have gone against PM Theresa May’s wishes to win a majority and lead Britain from the front. However, now she is left with a hung assembly. May, who campaigned that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ could have to decide between no deal and a soft deal. The PM is in a much weaker position to negotiate a deal with the EU. There are chances that UK will opt for a softer deal with the EU.

Soft Brexit

Cross-Party Talks in Progress

 

As some people are asking for a resignation from May, Conservative and Labour MPs have reportedly met for secret talks. The PM is now holding talks with MPs to find a cross-party solution for Brexit negotiations. Stuck with a hung parliament, she does not have an option but to find a solution that everyone agrees with.

Some Tory backbenchers and Labour MPs are now pressurizing the PM to opt for a soft-Brexit approach. Most MPs are in favor of getting access to a single market in the euro zone so that Britain’s commercial interest is protected. There is a widespread cross-party support for a softer Brexit. Ruth Davidson, the leader of Scottish Conservatives who brought 13 Tory seats to the parliament has gone beyond party ranks as well. She said, “this isn’t just going to be a Tory Brexit.” As Davidson takes this approach, hard Brexit supporters amongst the Tories will also have to alter their view for negotiations.

What about Soft Brexit?

 

The current political setup in the UK does not allow a hard Brexit. Hence, PM May will have to move for a softer Brexit. She will also have to go against the party lines to demand close ties with the EU. Some Euro zone nations have already voiced their concerns about UK becoming an EU outpost. The bloc is surprisingly united in their Brexit approach. None of the nations want a softer Brexit as it could give other separatist a chance to seek exit.

However, it will now be up to Britain to ask for concessions and look for a single market access within the EU. It is possible that the negotiations with the bloc are delayed because of the hung assembly. May will have to work closely with all members from the parliament. As there is no strong majority for either Labour or Tories, the negotiations at home will be more difficult than the negotiations with the EU.