Is six months long enough for everyone to calm down and think through the Brexit decision? The day after the EU Council granted the UK an extension to the date on which it leaves the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May still seemed bent on driving through a version of her “deal” as fast as possible. But the extra time will be worth having if it engenders more honesty about the trade-offs at the heart of Brexit. Unless the true price of any eventual decision is fully understood by the public, the blame game will never end. Without truth, there will be no reconciliation, whichever way this goes. As the summit stumbled to its conclusion, it was clear how poorly both sides have played their hand. By insisting on separating the divorce from the settlement of any future relationship, Brussels technocrats condemned themselves to purgatory. By agreeing to that sequencing, the prime minister left herself unable to get the support of MPs who refuse to gamble on a blind Brexit in which the most i...

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