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A summary departure

Scraps about soft and hard Brexit smack of punch-ups between cartoon-strip antagonists more or less keen on the referendum outcome. But this masks a more subtle distinction between judgements about risk. Let us put the best face on the arguments for a gradual, possibly staged departure from the EU, including those on this site led by my good friend, Sam Bowman. These are a summary departure would hurt industry and finance; our relations with the EU are too complex for a rapid departure ; Northern Ireland, Scotland and the 48% would be mollified by a halfway house.
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