After her ‘red, white and blue Brexit’ we discovered at a press conference in London that Theresa May’s plan for Brexit still contains grey areas. 

 

Theresa May started her speech this morning by emphasising that Britain was ready to embrace the world as well as Europe in the aftermath of Brexit. She further emphasised that whilst Britain was leaving the European Union, it was not leaving Europe — referring to Britain’s desire to remain trading within members of the European Union. Theresa May confirmed that Britain would be leaving the single market, noting that remaining in this market would be like remaining in the EU itself.

Time was also taken to speak of another crucial union that is also under threat, that of the United Kingdom.

Northern Ireland’s political crisis has, once again, put a strain on an already fraught collection of nations. In light of this, May stressed that the, ‘preservation of [the] precious union [is] at the heart of what we do’, and she is right. The only way Britain can hope to survive the uncertain environment of post-Europe ‘independence’ is to make sure that the union it has stays together and remains stronger than ever; for this it needs to remain a United Kingdom.

All well and good then. A speech on the forefront of success. This was until May moved onto her list of 12 objectives; something we thought would be clear, concise and give a solid outline of Britain’s strategy for the aftermath of leaving the EU. As such, it was clear all the way up to point four, after which May appeared to jump ship from the list and insisted on meandering from topic to topic. In a political environment where clarity is most desired at the moment and with a public anxious to know the plan, a diversion from a list of 12 objectives, of which only four were clear was not entirely helpful or satisfactory.

In the closing stages of her speech Theresa May tried some stirring talk about the future generations of this country. She addressed how we should try extra hard so as not to let them down, stating that the young adults of the future ‘will see that we shaped them a better future … and a better Britain’.

Volumes of hope from our current Prime Minister. Let’s be optimistic and believe that it will all pay off in the end, despite current circumstances seeming to show the next generation being left to stare at a broken future in a bankrupt Britain.