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Delight at Brexit semi-competence just shows how far standards have fallen

Bit by bit, the meaning of “success” has been changed

By Alex Dean  

Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

After months of negotiation chaos, Theresa May returned from Brussels last week triumphant. A withdrawal deal had been struck. Leavers and Remainers alike lined up to applaud her perseverence. The Daily Mail celebrated, as, in its own way, did the Financial Times. Talks can now turn to the transition and future trade.

This is welcome. The timer is ticking and Britain urgently needs to plan for its post-Brexit future. The economy depends upon a healthy trading relationship with our friends on the continent. “Phase two” cannot…

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