The Debate

Beyond Brexit day: What direction for Britain?

THE DEBATE
THE DEBATE © FRANCE 24
By: François PICARD Follow | Alessandro XENOS | Juliette LAURAIN
2 min

Britain may be leaving, but just how far away is it going? Ahead of Brexit Day on Friday, Boris Johnson can look across the Atlantic as his foreign secretary welcomes the visiting US Secretary of State. But in fairness, it's not looking like the UK's ready to sign up as the 51st state - what with Mike Pompeo threatening to suspend intelligence-sharing over the Tuesday decision to allow the Chinese to bid for parts of Britain's future 5G communications network. Does Brexit mean having to choose between China and the US?

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And again, what about Europe? On the day the EU parliament ratified the divorce deal that locks in that December 31 deadline for a deal on the future relationship, the UK cabinet itself is divided over how much to diverge from Europe on everything from migration to fishing rights, 5G and the security of the internet. 

We sort the rhetoric from the reality and make sense of what is going to change when the clock strikes 11pm in London on Friday. 

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Jimena Morales-Velasco.

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