Brexit means leaving the single market

In response to recent calls for Britain to pursue a “soft Brexit”, which would see it remain in the single market, it is worth recalling the following from an article which appeared in the (staunchly Remain) Financial Times during the referendum campaign:

“The intellectually coherent alternative to staying inside the EU is full exit, that is, a move to relations governed by the rules of the World Trade Organisation. All other alternatives would force the UK to accept many of the most onerous rules of the EU, while giving it a far smaller voice in reaching them”.

In other words, Brexit means leaving the single market.