James Pinchbeck: Did the PM’s speech on Brexit hit the back of the net?

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The PM’s statement on Tuesday regarding Brexit for many in Lincoln and Lincolnshire was over shadowed by the Imps’ success at beating Ipswich Town.

Perhaps though the outcome of the match and the success of the team, not least under the management of the Cowley brothers, can serve to highlight what is possible to achieve with good leadership, a clear goal, a sense of team and a shared common cause and values.

Theresa May’s speech is unlikely to enter the book of best political speeches, however it did serve to provide clarity and direction around Brexit and her government’s intentions to leaving the European Union.

She was clear that our exit from the EU will include not being part of the Single Market, nor the Customs Union which will require us, or rather the PM and her trade negotiators, to negotiate deals – the challenge appears to be finding people with such experience.

This is seemingly not something we have in abundance.

Since June 24, businesses have and continue to show signs of confidence. The statements made in Tuesday’s speech appear to maintain or at least reinforce such optimism.

The short to medium term challenges, which perhaps need to be considered since the referendum, are dealing with the impact of the weakening of the pound, the rise in inflation and concerns around the supply of labour.

Though exports have had a boost with exchange rates making our goods more attractive, importers of raw materials and finished goods continue to be hit.

There will no doubt need to be thoughts on pricing and cost control as well as long term consideration to supply chain management and productivity.

Whilst regaining control of our borders and the issue of immigration for many was the decider in voting to leave, migrant workers do have a key part to play where we have workforce shortages.

It was and still is unclear how the government propose to deal with the movement of labour.

The over arching message, certainly in terms of the Prime Minister’s negotiations with the EU, was that she wanted a deal that is the right deal for the UK and if this meant a deal cannot be agreed then she is prepared to go it alone.

The question must be what might the deal look like? What might it cost? And not least what deal might the EU want to do?

It seems hard to believe, perhaps naively, that there is much of a deal to be struck or at least a deal that satisfies both parties.

A good deal for the UK, could serve to unsettle the EU and member states.