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What is the difference between hard and soft Brexit?

With Brexit negotiations looking likely to be delayed following the snap election result, we take a look at our options

As our parties discuss how to form a government , priorities turn once again to the ever important topic of Brexit.

Brexit negotiations were set to take place on June 19, but with a hung parliament election result , these negotiations could be delayed.

So with Brexit negotiations in the pipeline, what is the difference between our options of a hard and a soft Brexit?

Brexit negotiations are expected to be delayed(Image: Carl Court/ Getty Images)

Soft Brexit

The term soft Brexit essentially means the UK maintaining a membership of the European Union (EU) single market, with access to free movement, and consequently the trading of goods and services with EU countries.

The UK would not, however, have a seat on the Eurpoean Council, or have any MEPs.

This form of Brexit is favoured by remain voters due to the close relationship the UK would maintain with the EU.

Hard Brexit

A hard Brexit is favoured by leave voters.

It would mean leaving the EU and the single market completely, forging a relationship similar to what we currently have with any other country outside of the EU.

This would be a relationship based on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, a body which regulates international trade.

The WTO would have control over things like tariffs and quotas when it comes to trade.

A hard Brexit would also give the UK full control over its borders.

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