Brexit Blame Game Is Really a Clash of Cultures

 In World
With boozy briefings, shorts on hot days, a soccer shirt as a gift and as a little paperwork as possible, is it any wonder the British approach to Brexit talks raised eyebrows?

Rather than downplaying the gravity of the U.K.’s most complex foreign policy maneuver since World War II, these small details highlight the clash of political cultures that’s pervaded 44 years of British membership in the European Union.

As leaders head to Brussels for a key EU summit, the first six months of two years of divorce negotiations have been as much about style as substance. The British blame the EU for being intransigent, obsessed by rules and lax over media leaks and security. The Europeans accuse the U.K. contingent for not negotiating honestly and paying lip-service to details.

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