Policy papers suggest ‘no deal’ is off the menu as Theresa May takes a gradualist approach to leaving the EU

For over a year, the government has sought to duck the question of what Brexit means. Theresa May’s famous response in July 2016 was that it means just that, “Brexit”. This was taken to be a short, sharp departure that “took back control” as soon as possible.

Over the last few days of this summer the government has slipped out a series of policy papers that hint at another explanation for what the prime minister wants Brexit to mean: as little as possible, as slowly as possible.

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