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The case for a slow-motion Brexit

Recent chaos in the negotiations shows that a two-year “implementation period” is entirely unrealistic

By Beth Oppenheim  

British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Photo: Ye Pingfan/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Yesterday was the most chaotic day yet in the Brexit negotiations, with Theresa May caught out on the Irish border issue, unable to move without isolating the DUP and hard Brexiters on her backbenches and in the cabinet. Whether a solution will be reached remains to be seen. But the unfolding chaos drilled home a lesson that has been apparent for some time: Brexit is highly complex, and requires a slow pace so as to provide…

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