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As Britain formally triggers the doleful negotiations to exclude itself from the mainstream of European politics and economics, Prime Minister Theresa May refuses to use the word "divorce" to describe what is happening. My wife, a retired family lawyer and mediator, thinks May could be correct. In that sense, divorce is scarcely an option.Britain has not been as insular an island as some people take it to be. The process of separation thus far doesn't offer great hope.Even so, May could have reacted to the 52 percent vote to quit Europe by saying that she would hand the negotiations to a group of ministers who believed in this outcome and then put the result of the talks in due course to Parliament and the people. Instead, she turned the whole of her government into a Brexit machine, even though she had always wished to remain in the EU. Anyway, May's ministers say, it doesn't matter if we have no deal at all.All of this, to return to the word May won't use, feels like a rather unamicable divorce.A mere 52 percent of British voters made the decision to exit the EU last June.
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