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The real tragedy of Brexit is that it could have been done sensibly

Theresa May could have minimised the damage by listening to the experts

By Guy de Jonquières  

Photo: Simon Dawson/PA Wire/PA Images

Theresa May has survived—for now—the biggest challenge of her two turbulent years as prime minister. She has seen off the Brexiter rebels in her cabinet, regained a measure of control over her party and called a shaky truce in its internecine warfare over her handling of negotiations on Britain’s departure from the European Union.

However, at best her White Paper setting out Britain’s Brexit negotiating position only gets her government to the starting grid—which is where it should have been when she triggered Article 50 16…

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