Brexit’s Finish Line Is Only the ‘End of the Beginning’ for Britain and the EU

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at 10 Downing Street, in London, Jan. 8, 2020 (AP photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth).
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at 10 Downing Street, in London, Jan. 8, 2020 (AP photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth).

Britain’s impending departure from the European Union on Jan. 31 is merely, as Winston Churchill might have said, the end of the beginning. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will herald Brexit as the moment the nation recovers its sovereignty. The truth, however, is far messier. The ultimate terms and costs of the divorce are yet to be determined. The nature of Britain’s future relationship with the continent, whether the United Kingdom will stay united in Brexit’s wake, and what global role Britain will play after regaining its “splendid isolation” all remain to be seen. The U.K. was always an awkward […]

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