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This Brexit calm is deceptive—talks could still fall apart

A transition has been agreed but the road to an orderly exit is still strewn with obstacles

By Jonathan Lis  

Prime Minister Theresa May in Brussels last week. Photo: Monasse Thierry/ANDBZ/ABACA/ABACA/PA

Last week’s European Council summit was a success. The transition deal was signed off. Theresa May seemed to enjoy genuine cordiality with her European colleagues. And in solidarity with the UK, the European Union even took the unprecedented step of recalling its ambassador to Moscow in the wake of the Skripal poisoning.

You could be forgiven for thinking that after two years of chaos, one year of shambolic negotiations, and exactly one year until we leave, Brexit is…

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