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The government doesn’t understand—Brexit will be impossibly complicated

There will be little time this parliament for May to focus on anything else

By Owen Smith  

Brexit Secretary David Davis ©PA/PA Wire/PA Images

“Humongous” isn’t a word you often see in Foreign Office memoranda, but it’s the one that former UK Ambassador to the European Union, Ivan Rogers, reached for when asked to describe the scale of the task facing the UK in disentangling ourselves from forty years of partnership with the EU. I suspect, however, that Rogers may have thought he was being relatively restrained, as his colourful choice of adjective is barely adequate to convey the size of the legislative, economic and diplomatic…

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