The ‘denial’ stage of Brexit
As Britain worries aloud in the form of endless policy papers, a hard Brexit seems more and more inevitable
The flurry of British government policy papers on various aspects of Brexit such as customs, Northern Ireland and the jurisdiction of the EU Court of Justice reflects the qualms within the British political system and civil service over the consequences of the Brexit referendum decision for the country. Even the opposition Labour party got in on the act. Labour is saying it would keep Britain within both the customs union and the EU single market for a transitional period beyond Brexit day, March 29, 2019, to allow time to get everything sorted out with the remaining 27 EU member states. This was hailed as a major policy initiative, though in fact it did not differ at all from the party’s June election manifesto.
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