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For the kids: A divorce from Brussels

Julian Hawkhead explains how to make Brexit an amicable divorce

3 July 2017

A year on from that fateful referendum, formal Brexit negotiations have finally begun with the EU. Whether you voted ‘remain’ or ‘leave’, there is no getting away from the fact that untangling British law from the complexities of EU regulation will be a huge and complex task, one that will take up much of the government’s time and attention over the next few years.

If you’re a journalist writing for a perennially distracted audience, Brexit is not an easy subject to report on. How do you encapsulate all the complexity in a snappy soundbite? By far the most popular media metaphor has been the ‘divorce’. Google the word and you are as likely to find as many articles on Brexit as you are on actual divorce. But is there any truth in this idea? Is Brexit like a divorce?

It has been my experience that when divorce looms, one spouse i...

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