Infamous Brexit promises haunt politicians as Britain faces crunch week

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is braced for what could be her biggest policy climbdown yet, after insisting for years that “no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal” and that her country would leave the European Union on March 29, 2019. That road map is at stake this Tuesday when lawmakers vote for a second time on her withdrawal agreement to take Britain out of the EU. If that agreement is defeated, they will be asked the following day whether or not the UK should leave without a deal — an option May said should be kept for negotiating purposes. And if that fails, MPs are likely to vote again Thursday on requesting a delay to Brexit from the EU. May’s beleaguered deal and its widely expected parliamentary defeat goes to show that the job of untangling more than four decades of European integration is struggling to live up to the lofty promises of the 2016 referendum campaign. The hubris and fantastical claims sold by many Brexit-supporting politicians — and indeed some remainers — are now facing their moment of truth as the deadline for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU looms large. As some companies jump ship, retailers stockpile products and fears of medicine shortages run high, one thing is becoming clear: The utopia that many of the 17.4 million Brexit voters dreamed of may be undeliverable.

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