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Former ECJ judge: Both sides share responsibility for this Brexit mess

The UK’s approach has been unrealistic and the EU’s has been legally dubious

By Franklin Dehousse  

Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels. Photo: Etienne Ansotte/DPA/PA Images

We have entered the age of instantaneous soundbite politics, and long-term vision has disappeared. It shows in many things, Brexit included. As the March deadline draws nearer, both parties in the negotiations fight to deny their responsibilities. They could however have done much better.

Since June 2016, the UK government has repeatedly proclaimed its will to create a very deep economic relationship with very light institutional constraints. One can call this vision a “unicorn,” “cakeism,” “cockooland,” but the…

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