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Have Brexit ultras forgotten? We tried their approach, it just didn’t work

Hardline Leavers are wrong to claim their ideas were not properly tested

By Christopher Grey  

From left: Marcus Fysh, Owen Paterson, Theresa Villiers and David Davis, who want a hard Brexit. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

Ever since the Chequers proposal was put forward, the Brexit ultras, including Jacob Rees-Mogg, Andrew Bridgen and Andrea Jenkyns, have been adamant that it represents a “betrayal” of the hard Brexit they advocate.

The trouble with that analysis is that the proposal arises not from some Machiavellian sell-out of hard Brexit but from the fact that the hard Brexit approach was tried and it fell at the first encounter…

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