A transitional arrangement for getting out of the European Union is not the answer for this country. We need to extend the exit timetable
As our government navigates the complexity of taking Britain out of the European Union after 44 years, the harsh reality of the two-year timetable for exit – which shrinks to 18 months if you allow time for ratifying any deal – appears to be dawning. No wonder many politicians are settling on the idea that Britain needs a transitional arrangement beyond March 2019. This would certainly be preferable to a cliff-edge scenario. But as a matter of principle and practicality, it will simply be impossible to negotiate. What Britain should be aiming for instead is an extension of the withdrawal period.
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