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    1 of the most bizarre aspects of the UK's current direction is that none of the #Brexit Leadership expected this hard brexit

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    2) looking back prior to the referendum, there were 2 schools of thought from #Brexit leaders, and this drove 90% of their thinking:

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    3)
    a) We would stay in the single market in a Norway style model
    b) we'd use the our trade deficit to force a free trade deal

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    4) for Norway/Single Market model we have for example Nigel Farage putting this forward:
    bloomberg.com/news/articles/…

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    5) and Dan Hannan, actually campaigning for the EEA/Norway approach:
    efta4uk.eu/dannan-hannan-…

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    6) as for the 2nd approach, forcing a deal - how many times did Leave tell us "they need us more than we need them"?
    It was continuous

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    7) there were essentially 2 outcomes, Single market membership or something even better - the "cake & eat it" option
    youtube.com/watch?v=RcEeOR…

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    8) David Davis didn't even understand the EU, or how trade deals work and thought we'd be writing new trade deals in months

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    9) but no-one, absolutely no-one expected us to be where we are now, facing a hard brexit with a total lack of a plan and few options

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    10) as proof - where are the Leave leadership? Grayling, Stuart, Farage, Carswell, Leadsom, Fox have all gone quiet or disappeared

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    12) Johnson & Gove managed to excuse themselves from leadership & now bluster and snipe from the sidelines making no sensible contribution

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    13) as for May and Hammond both were remainers and May can't even say that Brexit is a good idea.
    But no-one put forward this #Brexit

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    14) not a single person either previously or currently involved in #Brexit has ever seriously suggested a "no deal" crash out of the EU

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    15) as part of the referendum campaign, or in the first few months afterwards.
    Now of course we are rewriting history

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    16) We're being told "People knew what they were voting for".
    But that's a lie. People believed we would get a near pain free exit

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    17) The majority of Leave voters thought they were voting for a no downside/all upside SM or cake & eat it #Brexit

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    18) so what are we left with? A Leadership who don't believe in Hard Brexit but must push it through, backed by a vote for soft brexit

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    19) and the race is on to convince the public that it's the EU's fault, not the leaders of Brexit for the upcoming pain combined with

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    20) convincing the public they voted for the pain in the first place. And unfortunately people would rather not accept they've been fooled

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    21) but the fact remains, we're heading for a future that no Brexit leader wanted and almost no-one voted for, almost out of embarrassment

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    22) PS. When anyone, Labour or Tory, says "we will end FoM AND get a comprehensive Free Trade Deal"-they are lying to you, its that simple

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    23) PPS - old blog which highlights the bait & switch of the Leave Leadership, a longer (older) version of the above
    musealoudblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/han…

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