Brits want very different things. May can't please them allby Martha Gill / April 11, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in May 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
It’s been nine difficult months, but the government has finally delivered. On 29th March, at 12.28pm, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, tweeted he had received a letter notifying him of Britain’s exit from the European Union. “What can I add to this?” he wrote, “we already miss you.” It will be two years before we see how Europe puts that sentiment into effect.
Addressing the Commons later that day, Theresa May—with trademark ice-maiden delivery—talked of a future of sunlit uplands. “We all want to see a Britain that is stronger than it is today,” she told MPs. “We all want a country that is fairer so that everyone has the chance to succeed. We all want a nation that is safe and secure for our children and grandchildren. We all want to live in a truly global Britain that gets out and builds relationships with old friends and new allies around the world.”
Her aim, she said, is no less than a deal satisfying “every single person in this country”—“young and old, rich and poor, city, town, country, and all the villages and hamlets in between.”