Wishful thinking on Brexit wishful thinking

UK and EU chief negotiators David Davis and Michel Barnier meet in Brussels

Dr Tim Blakemore, former senior law lecturer at the University of Northampton, living in France, considers the state of play as Brexit talks get under way

The Brexit negotiations are beginning, but under difficult circumstances for the government.

The referendum divided the nation almost down the middle and after the recent elections the divisions seem starker than ever, as Theresa May herself has acknowledged.

This side of the Channel we might have two reasons to feel anguish about the uncertainty and confusion: nobody likes to see the country of their birth in such turmoil, while a more personal concern is that the political uncertainty is sure to weaken the pound further and reduce any income originating in the UK.

Everybody will have their theories about the causes but Brexit is a factor and around the turn of the year there were even stories that counselling service Relate was having to deal with relationships in trouble because one partner voted Leave, the other Remain. So the need for reconciliation is important but I cannot help feeling that it is wishful thinking on both sides – Leavers and Remainers – which is a major obstacle.

Many Remainers are clinging to the hope ...

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