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26th February 2020
External Relations & Trade Institutional law

Op-Ed: “Oh, to be in England now that Brexit’s there: some personal literary reflections” by Kieran Bradley

I arrive in England a few days before the end of January. To my surprise, the main topic of conversation is the Withdrawal Agreement. Yes, you know: taking back control of our money, of our (Canadian) borders and from our (in-)laws. ‘Megxit‘ is the word on everyone’s lips and in every medium: traditional, social, virtual, and even political. So now we know who should have been in charge of the United Kingdom’s Brexit negotiations: no ifs, no buts, no threatening to die in a ditch, a deal done and dusted in ten days, and the future relationship sorted too.

A few sleeps later, the moment of British withdrawal from the European Union at last comes to pass. In the battle of the literary giants, Donne (‘no man is an island’) has been b

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