Legal Intricacies Complicate May’s Two-Year Brexit Transition Period

Need to quickly devise sweeping agreements suggests it might be easier to extend the breakup deadline beyond 2019

It cannot be emphasized enough that the European Union is not really a political project so much as a legal one.

Of course, the EU tries to find political solutions to its members states’ common political problems. But those solutions have to comply with the EU’s legal order, which is based on the EU treaties. Sometimes, the only solution is to change the treaties themselves—but that process is complicated, and even then any changes need to be consistent with the rest of the legal order. That can sometimes make it impossible...

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