PM says coverage of her Brexit remarks sunk the pound
Yesterday Theresa May gave an interview stressing that Britain would leave the EU and not ‘keep bits of membership’. Today the pound fell to its lowest level since October.
But as Jeremy Corbyn reportedly plans to take a leaf out of Donald Trump’s book in attacking the media, May has beaten him to it. When asked today about her remarks causing the fall in the pound, May replied:
“I’m tempted to say that the people who are getting it wrong are those who print things saying I am talking about a hard Brexit [and that] it’s absolutely inevitable there’s a hard Brexit.”
Might not the lack of clarity about the Prime Minister’s Brexit policy stem from her own wishy washy statements on the matter? It’s a bit much to refuse to answer a question like ‘do you want Britain to stay in the single market?’ for six months and then complain about being misrepresented.
It’s more then enough to expect everyone else, including the press, to collude in her patriotic fantasy world where pluck and a can-do attitude might bend the will of 27 governments in your favour.
On Sunday May said:
“We are leaving. We are coming out. We are not going to be a member of the EU any longer.”
Sterling is down a cent today, trading at 1.21 dollars and 1.15 euros. The pound has fallen 18 per cent against the dollar and ten per cent against the euro since the EU referendum result.
Adam Barnett is staff writer for Left Foot Forward. Follow him on Twitter @AdamBarnett13Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.