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Theresa May’s “deal” would not be Brexit at all

The draft withdrawal agreement would severely curtail the advantages of leaving

By Ruth Lea  

(181119) -- LONDON, Nov. 19, 2018 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a keynote speech at the annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in London, Britain, on Nov. 19, 2018. Theresa May on Monday enlisted British business leaders to back her much-criticized Brexit deal, insisting that she would not make any change to the draft divorce agreement between London and Brussels. (Xinhua/Ray Tang)

The draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, all 585 pages of it, was released last week, alongside the outline of the political declaration for the “future relationship,” comprising just seven pages. The documents had a mixed reception, and no wonder, for the government does not seem to be pursuing a proper Brexit at all.

The Withdrawal Agreement confirmed much of what we already knew. We are expected to make a considerable financial payment (estimated at £35-39bn) and…

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