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Time to look at why than how

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16.03.2019

Magical thinking still rules and the arrogance on Brexit is as breathtaking as the ignorance

The other Europeans are not laughing at the English for the most part. They are looking at them with pity and scorn. But also, with a great deal of impatience. On Tuesday, the British parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s “deal” for Britain’s exit (Brexit) from the European Union, painfully negotiated over more than two-and-a-half years, by an overwhelming 149-vote majority.

It was the second time the Parliament, including a large chunk of her own Conservative Party, rejected the deal she made with the EU last November. The main reason both times was the so-called “backstop”: a commitment by May’s government to avoid a hard border in Ireland at all costs. On Wednesday, the British Parliament also rejected a proposal that Britain just leave the EU without a deal. “Crashing out” would mean instant customs barriers at the United Kingdom’s port, airports and land borders, with immense disruption of trade, including food imports and industrial supply chains. It would be an economic disaster.

So on Thursday, the British Parliament voted yes to asking the EU for a postponement of the departure date, currently........

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