George Osborne, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, has said that the British people didn’t vote for a Hard Brexit in the 2016 EU referendum, and that there is no mandate for such a policy.
Speaking in Chicago in his first major speech since leaving office he said:
“Above all, we need to resist the false logic that leads from exiting the EU to exiting all forms of European co-operation – and that values the dangerous purity of splendid isolation over the practical necessity of co-operation in the real world.
Brexit won a majority. Hard Brexit did not.
The mainstream majority in our country do not want to be governed from the extremes.
The same principles of co-operation and engagement that drives Britain’s relationship with Europe should guide our approach to the global challenges we all face”.