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The government has been fudging the Brexit transition—but time’s almost up

The Tory Brexiters find themselves united with Tory Remainers and the EU in losing patience

By Jonathan Lis  

Brexit Secretary David Davis. Photo: Ian Forsyth/PA Wire/PA Images

We might call this moment in British politics a “transition period”—a time when fudge and delusion transform, painfully, into concrete and reality. It could, if you prefer, even be termed an “implementation period,” in which the demands of real-life politics, hidden for so long beneath bombastic rhetoric, finally reach fruition. Brexit’s phase two reckoning has begun.

The current row over the transition is not, of course, simply a contest of language. It has even transcended a wider tussle between the…

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