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Arguing with the EU

Voting to leave the EU is much easier than negotiating with it—as Britain may discover

By Anand Menon   August 2016

Breaking up is hard to do. The British people voted to leave the European Union, yet how that departure might happen is unclear. Once we’ve sorted out who will negotiate for us, and a new Prime Minister is in place, a further dilemma, seemingly overlooked, awaits: will the remaining member states give us what we want? Even spelling out what we want is not straightforward. The “best of all worlds” scenario is clear enough: freedom of movement, full access to the single…

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