A workman, standing on a ladder, is bricking up the entrance to the Channel Tunnel. He tells a bystander, "Mrs May's Brexit is a little harder than we'd been led to expect."
Despite what you might think 'harder' does not mean 'more difficult' in this context. It refers to the difference between a so-called 'hard Brexit' and a 'soft Brexit'. Favoured by ardent Brexiteers, a hard Brexit arrangement would likely see the UK give up full access to the single market and leave the EU customs union. Such an arrangement would prioritise giving Britain full control over its borders, making new trade deals and applying laws within its own territory. This is more or less what Mrs May announced in her speech, disappointing those Remainers who were hoping that Britain would stay within the single market.
We'd is a contraction of 'we had' and 'we'd been led to expect' is a passive sentence.
Mrs is pronounced 'misses'.
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