Britain will leave the EU on March 29. By then, parliament will have backed Prime Minister Theresa May’s half-baked deal or the nation will fall over the cliff edge. There is nothing to be done but prepare for the worst. The prime minister’s chosen route to Brexit has been paved with deceptions. None has inflicted such misery as this one. Britain is now being held hostage to May’s vanity. The departure date, we must believe, is the work of divine providence. The prime minister has been heard say it is her “sacred duty” to meet the deadline. Kamikaze Brexiters, who want to see the country crash out of the union, agree. The schedule set out by Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty, they intone, is also inscribed in British law. The country cannot change its mind. The damage is piling up. Brexit was always going to weaken the economy. A decision to throw up protectionist barriers to trade and investment with Britain’s most important markets could do nothing else. May’s determination to run d...

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