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Former Ambassador to EU: Brexit Britain could stay in customs union—and it wouldn’t be a huge deal

Stephen Wall says the Irish border could thwart hard exit 

By Alex Dean  

Britain is on the verge of the most dramatic constitutional event in its post-war history. In less than a year we will leave Europe, having been enmeshed in its framework since 1973.

The exit process has so far served as a brutal reality check. Issues of the most pressing importance—Northern Ireland in particular—remain unresolved. To make matters worse, the ugly politics of the referendum campaign have failed to dissipate. Britain is engulfed in the fiercest of political rows with little sign of reconciliation. Most of all, there…

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