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John Kerr: Brexit will make Britain “a lot less important” on the world stage

The man who drafted Article 50 says he never imagined Britain would be the country to trigger it

By Alex Dean  

Lord Kerr, during a conference on the European Constitution in 2010 | ECFR/Creative Commons 2.0 via Flickr

“Article 50” may be the most important term in British politics today. Everything revolves around it. It is Article 50 that triggered our exit from Europe in March, that sets the time limit on the—currently stalling—Brexit negotiations, and that we must revoke if, as the consequences of the “Leave” vote become clear, we decide we would like to Remain after all. The Brexit debate is immensely complicated—but Article 50 is at the centre of it…

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