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No way out

The Dáil will vote this Wednesday on Theresa May’s Brexit draft withdrawal agreement - which has drawn near-unanimous cross-party disapproval in her own country. Meanwhile, in Varadkar’s cabinet, the reality of a potential no-deal Brexit is hitting home

18th November, 2018
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Theresa May delivers a Brexit statement at No 10 Downing Street last week Picture: Getty

The Brexit withdrawal agreement has often been called the divorce deal. An uneasy couple – Britain and the EU – have finally decided to part ways. There is a long and protracted negotiation involving lots of lawyers. A divorce settlement is produced. But one partner refuses to sign, even though this will tear the family apart and injure all the relatives as well.

This is where the Irish government now finds itself. It is like...

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