Keeping friendship alive

Let it be recorded that until the Brexit referendum in 2016, relations between the people of Britain and other citizens of the European Union appeared excellent. Although it was to be expected that the choice between "Leave" and "Remain" would provoke a rift among Britons, many of us did not expect the referendum to poison relations between the people of Britain and the rest of Europe.

As time passes, though, and the two sides move toward tough negotiations on the terms of their divorce, the process threatens to lead to serious division, making us forget our friendship. Even the most well-intentioned, experienced and conscientious negotiators would have a tough time reaching a solution that would satisfy both sides.
On the one hand, the British government appears determined to press for all it wants without any intention of compromising, on the other, the EU is equally...

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