Autumn Statement: The Truth Hurts

Having served in public life for nearly three decades, I can say with confidence that no deal is reached without compromise. I understand that Theresa May’s government seems determined to plough forth with Brexit at any cost, but if these OBR forecasts are even the slightest indication of what the future holds, they need to wake up and smell the coffee. No matter what side of the debate you’re on, surely, when our very livelihoods come under threat, doing the right thing must trump political stubbornness. At this critical juncture, history will look back at these next few months and hold us to account. In a year where post-truth has come to dominate, we should take a step back, avoid self-inflicted damage, and do everything we possibly can to retain our membership of the single market. If not, this ugly truth will hurt for a very long time.

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