Cliff Taylor: the pressure to get Brexit ‘done’ is really dangerous

Powerful forces in the EU and UK just want Brexit over with – if only it were that easy

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French  president Emmanuel Macron in Brussels at the end of the EU summit focused on Brexit. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron in Brussels at the end of the EU summit focused on Brexit. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

So the great Brexit clash between economics and politics enters its final, decisive phase. This week’s EU Council didn’t so much kick the can down the road as nudge it on a few yards past the neighbour’s house. Time is still very short. And the risk now is that powerful forces in the UK and EU just want Brexit over and done with – and in this atmposhere there are risks of big mistakes being made.

The week ahead is shaping up as vital, although a little more wriggle room has been left as EU leaders pushed the responsibility right back at the UK.If the House of Commons rejects the withdrawal agreement, as it well might, then the risk of a no-deal exit is back – just on April 12th instead of March 29th.

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