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What Europe thinks about three central Brexit issues

UK political debate has become untethered from the reality on the continent

By Matthew Bevington  

Ursula von der Leyen. Photo: Michael Kappeler/DPA/PA Images

The summer build-up to the Autumn crisis. And the distance between the UK and the EU27 appears to be growing. Before Boris Johnson took over as prime minister, British demands concerned time-limits and exit clauses from the backstop. Now, they are about scrapping it altogether. The British position has also moved on the Irish border itself. Under Theresa May, checks and infrastructure were ruled out in all circumstances, yet both—albeit away from the border—now appear acceptable in London.

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