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Britain Finally Has a Brexit Deal. Everyone Hates It.

Amid resignations, it's clear the U.K. government massively misjudged how leaving the European Union would play out.
British Prime Minister Theresa May announces her government's Brexit deal outside No. 10 Downing Street.
British Prime Minister Theresa May announces her government's Brexit deal outside No. 10 Downing Street.Henry Nicholls/Reuters

After 28 months of wrangling, Britain may finally be on the verge of a Brexit deal. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled an agreement negotiated with the E.U. that allows Britain to officially renounce its membership of the union. So could this finally be the end of the country’s agonizingly slow pre-separation negotiation, allowing Britain to move on into a new chapter?

Probably not. May has to get her agreement voted through Parliament, and there’s a strong possibility that won’t happen. Die-hard pro-Brexit forces find it too compromised; die-hard pro-Remain forces see it as a needless exercise in wrecking existing E.U. arrangements. This dissent extends to May’s own cabinet. This morning, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab (the minister directly responsible for overseeing the process) resigned in protest at the deal. Three other ministers have also resigned, and others may well follow.