The Prime Minister is about to make a major intervention on Brexit, unilaterally, and thus the great probability is it will be outright insane.
Instead of leaving open options such as remaining in the EEA or EFTA, she is likely to do the precise opposite, pinning the UK to a position of absolute isolation.
Even many Leave groups oppose such craziness. Firstly, it is unwise for the UK to isolate itself completely – cutting itself off entirely from Europe and thus, in the end, managing trade based on deals secured purely in political desperation. Secondly, it is ludicrous to limit your negotiating position to such a degree.
Absolutely on the contrary, the UK should in fact announce it will be seeking an association agreement with EFTA. That would leave all options – from full EEA to Canadian free trade – on the table to be negotiated.
The only hope in the UK Government’s craziness is that it will turn the populace off Brexit altogether as the cost of living soars and people simply lose any faith in the Government’s capacity to deliver it.
What a mess.