The prime minister has ducked difficult decisions from the start of the withdrawal process and there is no sign of that changingAlthough the question of whether to leave the European Union was put to voters in 2016, Brexit never stopped requiring choices. The referendum verdict did not settle the strategic decisions about Britain’s future relationship with its continental neighbours, still less provide methods for enacting such decisions. Even now that negotiations are in their final stages, the dilemma of a post-Brexit trajectory – alignment or divergence – is unresolved. Downing Street is signalling that a deal is close.
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