‘Hard Brexit will see uslose’
A hard Brexit will lose the Tories power, George Osborne has said.
The former chancellor argued in favour of a soft Brexit and for modern, socially liberal values.
Mr Osborne, editor of the London Evening Standard, said conservative social values, exemplified by the attitudes of arch-Brexiteers such as Jacob Rees-Mogg, had damaged the party and would continue to do so.
He said: “If we present ourselves to the country as anti-modern, antiimmigrant, anti-urban, anti-metropolitan, then huge sections of the country will be anti-us.
“Change in a progressive country is constant and it is pointless resisting it.
“We will expose the broken promises of the hard Brexiteers”
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Mr Osborne said the 48% who voted to remain in the EU must be respected, with more than 60% of the public now thinking the UK Government is handling Brexit badly.
He also dismissed ideas of hard Brexit trade deals and deregulation as “fantasy”.
“We will expose the false arguments and broken promises of the hard Brexiteers.”
After railing against extreme Conservatives, Mr Osborne said the only reason Labour was not in a position to take over the reins was because of Jeremy Corbyn’s perceived extremism amongst older voters.