May's crude threats set Britain up for a long and messy Brexit

January 19, 2017

The tone of the prime minister’s speech may have gone down well with tabloids, but it has made life harder for her negotiating team.

Theresa May’s speech on Brexit has set a “mission impossible” for her negotiating team: she has, unwittingly perhaps, put Britain on track for a lengthy and most probably disorderly Brexit; made it more difficult for the UK to compensate the market access loss in the EU with market access elsewhere; and launched the negotiations in a tone which will be much less well received in European capitals than by British tabloids.

This article originally featured in The Times.