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Fiasco: the inside story of the Brexit talks

London has spent three years refusing to confront the real Brexit choices on offer. Will it continue to do so right up until 31st October?

By Peter Foster   October 2019

What went wrong? What might have gone differently? And just how grave is the outlook if we do crash out? Photo: Prospect

How did Brexit become a “do-or-die” project deliverable only through an abrupt divorce that threatens to do lasting damage both to the economy and the constitutional integrity of the UK? Back in 2016, neither the official nor the unofficial Leave campaigns advocated crashing out—instead, the expectation was that the UK would negotiate a close partnership with our European neighbours with an orderly transition to the new terms.

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