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The Brexit Fantasy Was Always Doomed

Ken Gude explains why the solution to the United Kingdom's Brexit complications is a second referendum.

Reality is finally intruding on Brexit. Those who campaigned for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, mostly in the governing Conservative Party, sold the British people a fantasy that was always undeliverable. Instead of leveling with the public, British prime minister Theresa May compounded the problems of Brexit by pursuing a deal on the UK’s departure from the EU with elements that are mutually exclusive in order to avoid a potentially damaging showdown within her government. Now, two-and-a-half years after the UK narrowly voted to the leave the EU, a deal has been reached on the terms of the UK’s departure and it has put the British government is on the brink of collapse and threatens the stability of the British, European, and global economies.

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Ken Gude

Senior Fellow