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With ‘No Deal’ ruled Out, Brexit Can Be Averted

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At around one o’clock in the morning on 24 June 2016, soon after the polls had closed, a leading figure in the UK’s Remain campaign opened a drinks reception with the words ‘Well done, everybody; it looks like we’ve won’. True, the result from Gibraltar – the first result to be declared – was that 96% had voted to remain. True, UKIP MEP Nigel Farage had conceded defeat. But I was next up at the microphone at that reception. And I felt I had to warn that celebration was premature, to say the least. The result might not be as most people expected.

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Sir Graham Robert Watson was an MEP from 1994 to 2014. He led the European Parliament’s Liberal Group from 2002 to 2009 and presided the ALDE Party from 2001 to 2015. He currently serves as a Member of the European Economic and Social Committee.

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