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Brexit gives the U.K. two choices — take the pain, or just give up

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The current state of Brexit in the Parliament at Westminster would be funny if it were not so tragic. Prime Minister Theresa May has clearly failed to create terms, in conjunction with the EU, that would ease Britain out of the Union without a whole lot of pain. At the moment Britain is facing what many call a “hard” Brexit. In other words, a departure from the EU with no guarantees whatever about post-departure trade, commerce, financial and immigration arrangements, nothing. On the one hand there would continue to be an EU and on the other there would be Great Britain standing in isolation from the continent as she stood for many centuries. And that, if we judge public opinion by the votes of its members of Parliament, would be unacceptable to the British.

So now what? May leads a badly divided Conservative Party that can hardly agree on anything except that, in looking over the cliff of a hard Brexit, they are very nervous about what they see at the bottom of that cliff. Thus May is seeking a delay. But to what end? At the end of the delay there will still be a very hard decision for the U.K.; hard Brexit or, in the event that the thought of jumping over that cliff proves too much, giving up on the idea of Brexit........

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