An amicable separation between Britain and the European Union will be difficult, complex and prolonged -- but it’s achievable. Right now the main obstacle isn’t lingering resentment in Brussels about the vote itself, but the collective seizure that has overwhelmed Westminster.
Prime Minister David Cameron is stepping down and the election of a new Conservative Party leader isn’t planned before September -- already a compressed timetable. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, has just lost a vote of no confidence among his parliamentary colleagues. If he resigns, there’ll be a delay in electing his replacement; if he doesn’t, he and his party will be paralyzed.