LONDON – Thursday marks 365 days until Britain officially leaves the European Union, ending a 46-year marriage that has entwined the economies, legal systems and peoples of Britain and 27 other European countries.
There are a thousand complex issues to settle, and little time. Brexit is not so much like getting toothpaste back into the tube as trying to separate the ingredients of the paste.
Britain formally announced its intention to leave the EU a year ago, triggering a two-year countdown. University of Manchester political science professor Rob Ford says timeframe is "ludicrously short."
According to Ford, "Even with the best will in the world — which isn't the spirit in which these negotiations have been conducted — it couldn't happen."