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With Britain due to leave the EU in a year, Thomas Baldwin looks at how the Church of Scotland, at home and abroad, is preparing for Brexit.

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IN the current febrile political climate, it is often hard to say how things will look next month, let alone in a year.

At the time of writing, 19 months after the UK voted for Brexit and nearly a year since Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50, about all that can be said with any certainty is that the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union at 11pm on March 29 2019.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has just told business leaders in Davos that this will involve the UK and EU economies moving apart ‘hopefully very modestly’. This has upset pro-Brexit politicians and triggered a fresh outbreak of speculation about a challenge to May’s leadership, with the list of bookies’ favourites for her replacement made up mostly of committed Brexiteers.

There has also been an upsurge in talk about a second EU referendum, with one poll suggesting the British public favour holding another vote by a 16-point margin, and even ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage publicly warming to the idea, to ‘finish the whole thing off’.

Who knows what the situation will be by the time you are reading this?

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IN THIS ISSUE THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND AND BREXIT - What it means for the Kirk, at home and abroad There are so many questions’: A Church Elder in Brussels A DIVINE GIFT - The benefits of humour Plus much more across 60 pages