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A “no deal” Brexit could cause constitutional breakdown 

An abrupt withdrawal could undermine our political systems, says a former British government legal adviser

By Philip Allott  

The count for the 1975 European Referendum. Philip Allott served in Brussels from . Photo: PA/PA Archive/PA Images

“Wars are not won by evacuations.” So said Winston Churchill on 4th June 1940 after the evacuation from Dunkirk. If the UK were to withdraw helter-skelter from the European Union on 29th March 2019 without an agreement, it would certainly not be the dawning of peace in our time. It would be the beginning of a disorderly reconstruction of the British constitution and legal system, the British economy, and Britain’s place…

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