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Brexit: our negotiators don’t know where we’re going—or how to get there

Meeting the Article 50 deadline will require almost super-human effort—and we've frittered away months already

By Jonathan Lis  

Brexit Secretary David Davis is welcomed to Brussels by EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier. Photo: Wiktor Dabkowski/DPA/PA Images

Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot features two characters continually discussing an event that may never happen. At the end, they resolve to go, but do not move. The comparisons with Brexit are obvious. But now the waiting is over, negotiations have begun and the protagonists are set to move, it remains unclear where they will go, how they will get there, or who will lead them.

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