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In Britain, draft agreement for 'Brexit' draws howls of protest; a question and answer

WASHINGTON - With the clock ticking on Britain's scheduled March 29 withdrawal from the European Union - the messy breakup universally known as "Brexit" - a draft agreement emerged this week on the terms of the split.

But British Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed deal with the EU ignited a political firestorm, with the bitterest criticism coming from those who want to see a clean break with Europe and are frustrated by the draft accord's call to leave many ties in place - at least for now.

Brexit proponents say the draft agreement, approved by a divided Cabinet on Wednesday, leaves Britain under the thumb of the EU's bureaucrats and legal institutions such as

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