As Iain Martin points out, some Continuity Remainers are letting the hot weather get to them a bit, by suggesting they have a “feeling” that Brexit isn’t going to happen. They appear to be allowing wishful thinking to obscure the political realities – akin to those who still think Corbyn is playing a cunning long game by which he supports leaving the Single Market in the secret cause of staying in the EU.
Part of this trend for cherry-picking supposed facts to construct such a story involves the myth that the United States and others have somehow gone off the idea of striking trade deals with the UK, one of the world’s largest economies, after Brexit. That’s why the positive reports to the contrary from the G20 are important – as per the Sunday Times:
‘After talks with the prime minister at the G20 summit, the US president pledged to strike a trade deal “very, very quickly” after Britain leaves the EU.
Trump said it would be a “very, very big deal, a very powerful deal” that would be “great for both countries” before confirming that he was planning to come to Britain…
In a coded swipe at her mutinous ministers, May said China, Japan and India also wanted to do deals. “I held a number of meetings with other world leaders at this summit and have been struck by their strong desire to forge ambitious, new bilateral trading relationships with the UK after Brexit,” she said. “This is a powerful vote of confidence in British goods, British services, Britain’s economy and for British people.”
A senior government source said: “The president made clear that he believed the UK would thrive outside the EU.”’