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The Brexit ghost is haunting party conferences

When the global economy turns, Britain will pay the price for the dire state of its Brexit debate

By George Magnus  

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell addresses the Labour Party conference. But . Photo: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

This week at conference, the Labour Party is fudging decisions on Brexit—refusing a full debate on the subject, while the leadership pretends that we can both leave the European Union and abandon austerity. Next week at its own conference, the Conservative Party will lay bare the sham of the Florence Brexit “truce,” revealing a government strategy that amounts simply to “kicking the can.” It is embarrassing, to say the least,…

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