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May’s customs union shift changes the next election profoundly

Even if the vote isn’t until 2022, Britain will not have completed the exit process by the time it arrives

By Peter Kellner  

Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Until last week, Theresa May had a cunning plan. Well before the next election, the drama of Brexit would be over. The transition to post-Brexit life would be completed by December 2020. Business would have 18 months to adjust to it. Tory divisions over Europe would have healed. Life would be back to normal, and so would politics. The prime minister could claim to have overcome the toughest challenges facing any recent British government. If Labour were still led by Jeremy Corbyn, she hoped to…

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