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The Brexit Hour Has Come

With Brexit possibly just two weeks away, most British voters and members of Parliament are still in the dark. Sadly, the national interest has taken a back seat to ideological obsession and the leadership ambitions of some of Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet colleagues.

LONDON – Do you want to know what is happening in British politics today in the great debate about the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union?

Join the club. With Brexit possibly just two weeks away, most British voters are in the dark. So are members of Parliament. So are the million people, including three of my daughters and three of my older grandchildren, who recently marched in London to protest against Brexit. And so are the six million who have signed a petition calling on the government to remain in the EU.

It’s not surprising, therefore, that during my travels this month from the United States to Ireland to Southeast Asia and then Tokyo, everyone seemed so bemused about how Britain had plunged itself into such a damaging crisis.

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