‘Hard Brexit will see us­lose’

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

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.

“In­stead, Con­serva-

“We will ex­pose the bro­ken prom­ises of the hard Brex­i­teers”

tives should run with it and shape it.”

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.

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