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“Painful, tiresome and hopeless”: How Brexit looks from France

Our countries face common challenges but the UK is having a peculiar kind of meltdown

By Christine Ockrent   April 2019

Photo: Parrot Pascal/ABACA/Maxppp/PA Images

Painful, tiresome and hopeless. That is how Brexit looks from France. First there was the shock of impending divorce after 46 years of a marriage which had been rocky at times, but altogether rewarding. Then, after two years of negotiations needed to write down the preamble of the eventual contract, the truth came out: the UK was not prepared at all, the divorce was a decision based on lies, and many of its own lawyers quit during the job.

The French may endlessly brag about…

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