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Brexit Is Already Making Britain a Lame Duck in Brussels

  • Britain’s EU influence wanes long before secession talks start
  • Lame ducks, empty chairs weaken country’s voice in Europe
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Even before its referendum on European Union membership, the U.K. faced warnings that leaving would deprive it of a voice. That scenario is now playing out.

Two weeks after the vote to quit, and months before London plans to trigger the process that would spark talks on a new relationship, Britain is being sidelined, while remaining subject to Europe’s regulations. The result is a lame-duck role in decision-making institutions and possible changes to legislation or positions over which the nation has had significant influence.