Hague – elec­tion makes Brexit worse

The Scotsman - - Around Scotland - By PARIS GOURTSOYANNIS

The UK will get a worse Brexit deal be­cause of the Con­ser­va­tive set­back in June’s gen­eral elec­tion, for­mer Tory leader Wil­liam Hague has said.

Lord Hague warned that the gov­ern­ment’s weak­ened po­si­tion since los­ing its ma­jor­ity would mean the coun­try would end up pay­ing more for greater ac­cess to the Euro­pean sin­gle market.

“They [the EU] know that the re­sult of the Bri­tish elec­tion weak­ened the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment’s ne­go­ti­at­ing po­si­tion. It ab­so­lutely did,” he said in a BBC in­ter­view.

“Of course [Theresa May is] not in any­thing like as strong a po­si­tion as if she’d won a ma­jor­ity of 60 or 100 or what­ever it might have been in the House of Com­mons.”

Lord­h­ague,aformer­for­eign sec­re­tary, claimed the UK’S Brexit deal would be “softer than it might have been”, adding: “We’ll end up hav­ing to pay more. We’ll pay a big­ger price for leav­ing, I think, be­cause of the un­cer­tain­ties of the elec­tion re­sult.”

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