There is a recognisable repetition in Theresa May’s speeches about Britain’s decision to leave the European Union: “Brexit means Brexit”, making “a success of it” and getting “the best deal” for Britain are some of her stump phrases.
But a closer look at her speeches suggests her position on key aspects of Brexit has evolved since she took office in the aftermath of the June 23 vote to leave.
Together with public comments by ministers in her Conservative government, the changes appear to suggest May has shifted from favouring a “hard Brexit” – a clean break with the EU’s single market of 500 million consumers – to supporting continued membership of that market if possible.
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