What the ed­i­to­ri­als said

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“San­ity has pre­vailed,” said the Daily Mail. After all the back­bit­ing over Brexit, min­is­ters are fi­nally start­ing to present a united front. Ham­mond re­cently sug­gested that noth­ing much would change after March 2019 and im­plied that this tran­si­tional pe­riod could last in­def­i­nitely. But the idea of us “be­ing stuck in this kind of half-in, half-out limbo for years on end” has now been ban­ished. Hav­ing ac­cused min­is­ters of in­er­tia, crit­ics are now ac­cus­ing them of rush­ing out pro­pos­als with un­seemly haste. “They can’t have it both ways.” The Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions have been so chaotic that “even the slight­est sign of com­mon sense feels like a break­through”, said the Fi­nan­cial Times. But while the Gov­ern­ment is fi­nally start­ing to ad­vance some pro­pos­als, its ideas “still lack de­tail and prac­ti­ca­bil­ity”. It is hard to take these doc­u­ments se­ri­ously, said The Guardian. Their prime pur­pose is sim­ply to pa­per over Tory di­vi­sions and “sig­nal to MPs that Theresa May’s gov­ern­ment is back at its desks and back in busi­ness after its elec­tion de­ba­cle”. It’s good news, though, that the Gov­ern­ment has pub­licly com­mit­ted it­self to the idea of a tran­si­tional pe­riod for Brexit. “It means Mrs May’s ear­lier claim that no deal with the EU is bet­ter than a bad deal is now in the dust­bin of his­tory.”

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