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A country that was already a joke stands to become a pariah

The Brexiteers’ permanent breach of trust is unforgivable

By Jonathan Lis  

Photo: David Cliff/NurPhoto/PA Images

After four long years, Brexit’s collision with reality was always going to hurt. The government’s lies about Northern Irish trade were going to be exposed; the Brexit hardliners were going to feel betrayed. But what few people reckoned upon was the UK’s answer to that. This week the government decided that it would not shy from reality, but cancel it altogether. Faced with the impending consequences of its actions, it has chosen instead to violate international law.

We needn’t dwell too much on the technicalities.…

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