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“A solution looking for a problem”—should Britain seek a transitional Brexit deal?

Answers from senior political figures vary wildly

By Alex Dean  

Brexit secretary David Davis, with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier in the background. Photo: Wiktor Dabkowski/DPA/PA Images

Bar an unlikely upset, Britain is on its way out of the European Union. But while Brexit looks near-certain, the nature of our future relationship with Europe, not to mention the timings of the exit process, remain up in the air. The fierce debate on transitional arrangements over recent days has driven this home. These arrangements would last beyond the Article 50 deadline of March 2019 and—in theory at least—facilitate a smoother exit from Europe than…

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