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The Least Painful Path to Brexit

Britain and the EU need a transitional deal to get from Brexit to the future.
Patience will produce the best results.
Photographer: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Britain will begin talking to the European Union about its impending divorce when Prime Minister Theresa May formally starts the process -- by the end of next March, she says. And while the substance of those negotiations is unclear, their length is not: two years, which is not nearly enough time.  

Britain and the EU need a transitional deal -- a temporary agreement that can stand for as long as it takes to work out a comprehensive new pact. Many supporters of Brexit hate the idea. They’re wrong, and May needs to say so.