Just trust Theresa

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Comment -

A PER­PLEXED Theresa May has com­plained to close al­lies: ‘I don’t un­der­stand it. I voted Re­main. Why do they think I’ve sud­denly be­come some crazed Brex­i­teer?’

Her out­burst, dis­closed to­day by The Mail on Sun­day, sig­nals a new and com­plex phase in the post-ref­er­en­dum bat­tle. Mrs May was rightly de­ter­mined to obey the pop­u­lar will, ex­pressed in the ref­er­en­dum.

She rightly squashed at­tempts by EU sup­port­ers to un­der­mine the out­come.

In do­ing so, she may have given the im­pres­sion she was keener on a hard Brexit than she ac­tu­ally is. Now she must re­as­sure the large Re­mainer mi­nor­ity (to which she her­self be­longs) that their con­cerns will not be for­got­ten.

She de­serves the nation’s sup­port as she does so.

Few have yet re­alised just how fierce and com­plex the exit talks will be.

There is a great deal of ne­go­tiable space between hard and soft Brexit, and if we are wise we will in­evitably end up some­where between those two points.

Those who be­lieved that last week’s vote was the end of the con­tro­versy are very much mis­taken. It has only just be­gun.

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