by Anne Perkins
May’s determination to interpret the leave vote as a vote about immigration is a misframing that will have catastrophic consequences. Out of the single market, out of the EU: like politicians who refused to rearm in the 1930s because they hesitated to warn the country it would have to fight another war, May is squandering all the things that her speeches suggest she went into politics to achieve. Her promises to share prosperity more equally and to protect against the bad times more fairly are likely to be the first casualties of this false interpretation of her duty to democracy.
Theresa May is gambling with the British economy because of her bee in the bonnet about immigration.