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Brexit weekly briefing: leaders shed some light on their EU positions

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Speeches by May and Corbyn reveal their approaches for negotiations can be summarised as Tory stick v Labour carrot

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Crashing out would the worst possible outcome. There is no such thing as no deal. No deal is in fact a bad deal; it is the worst of all deals.

This great national moment needs a great national effort in which we pull together with a unity of purpose. You can only deliver Brexit if you believe in Brexit.

A slowing economic performance is hitting the British people in almost every part of their lives, impacting property values, energy bills, food prices, and the pay packet they take home. Burying heads in the sand and treating any examination of the possibility that a Brexit effect might already be upon us as treason is nothing short of a dereliction of duty. Those who know what damage our EU exit is still likely to cause have to start speaking up.

Brexit is the biggest disaster facing this country since the second world war … For anyone who cares about prospective damage from Brexit, an ideal result on Thursday would be a hung parliament in which neither main party could form a government without embarking on a coalition with the Lib Dems and SNP – a condition of whose cooperation would be to think again on Brexit.

Nothing is being done at all. Mrs May and her breezy lead negotiator, David Davis, offer platitudes about Britain embracing the globe and no deal being better than a bad deal, but even the most innocent negotiator in the EU team can see this is vainglorious posturing. As matters stand, the consequence of no deal would be calamitous … The country, as it makes its decision on who it wants to lead the most important negotiations since the war, deserves to be warned. Instead, silence reigns.

May’s new pitch is certainly logically bold: Brexit, for which we take credit, puts economic security at risk; vote for us and we’ll fix it.

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