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Brexit, Brexit Everywhere

Charles Glass
Board of Contributors
Jan 16, 2019 | 06:30 GMT
John Bercow, pictured outside Parliament in London on Dec. 12, 2018, is speaker of the House of Commons.

John Bercow, pictured outside Parliament in London on Dec. 12, is speaker of the House of Commons. The hard work of leaving the European Union has turned into a free-for-all for British politics, contributor Charles Glass writes.

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I've just returned to Britain after many months away, and it's as if I never left. When Rip Van Winkle woke up from his 20-year slumber, he encountered a world altered beyond recognition. The United Kingdom, however, is mired in the same debate that has raged for years over how and whether to sever its ties to the European Union. The fracas that dominated the airwaves, newspapers and public discussion a year, even two years, ago has not budged. The crisis is no nearer resolution than it was when a slim majority voted to leave the European Union in the referendum of June 2016. Spokespeople for the Brexit faction are still demanding that Parliament implement the people's will, while their opponents warn that departure on any terms harms the country more than staying in. Both have a case, but nothing is moving....

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