To #Brexit or not is not the question. We’re inching towards an answer

RASHMEE ROSHAN LALL February 28, 2018

Are we getting closer to an answer?

On Monday, February 26, 2018, nearly a year after the Brexit clock formally started ticking, the opposition leader spoke up.


Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, came out in favour of a customs union with the European Union after the UK  leaves the bloc. That would minimise economic disruption and soften the border with Ireland.

That sounds a whole lot clearer than the government’s new tortuously named policy of “ambitious managed divergence”.

But Mr Corbyn’s delayed clarity is not a done deal by any means. It is not certain that’s the direction Britain will go. He is, after all, in opposition.

It is extraordinary to think that a year has elapsed since the British prime minister invoked Article 50 of the EU treaty, setting a two-year deadline for Brexit. The deadline will expire on March 30th 2019. And despite the passage of time there’s still no clear idea of what Brexit will be. It can only be described in negatives. We won’t use the Norway model. And we won’t use the Canada model. We will have “constructive ambiguity” and a “deliberate” lack of clarity.