‘Hard’ or ‘soft’ Brexit? UK Election chaos fires up debate

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© AFP/File / by Dario THUBURN | Britain is still debating the benefits and dangers of a “hard” or “soft” Brexit

LONDON (AFP) – Supporters of “hard” and “soft” Brexit tried to take advantage of the political chaos in Britain on Monday to promote their visions amid fears that their rivalry could revive old divisions in the Conservative party.Prime Minister Theresa May is in a weakened position after losing her parliamentary majority in last week’s snap election, leaving her vulnerable to both hardliners and moderates in her party.

“May has lost all authority on Brexit and everything else. All options are back on the table,” Stephen Barber, associate professor of public policy at London South Bank University, told AFP.

Under the “hard Brexit” scenario, which has prevailed so far, Britain would leave the European single market and the customs union and curb EU immigration.

It would also leave open the…

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