That’s Brexit done, right? Well, no – now for the tough part


That’s Brexit done, right? Well, no – now for the tough part

There’s barely time for a breather as London and Brussels must now thrash out their future relationship

John Chalmers

At the stroke of midnight in Brussels on Friday, Britain will leave the European Union and Prime Minister Boris Johnson will deliver on his election promise to “Get Brexit Done”.

But he won’t have long to savour the triumph of a divorce that, over three and a half years, shook British politics to the core and polarised the nation. February 1 will mark the beginning of a new phase of negotiations between London and Brussels to agree on the shape of their future relationship.

They have until the end of 2020 – a transition period during which Britain will remain an EU member in all but name – to hammer out an agreement on trade and other issues including security, energy, transport links, fishing rights and data flow...

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