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Any bridge across the chasm? The UK-EU stand-off on state aid

The two sides must find a compromise or risk a collapse in talks

By George Peretz  

David Frost and Michel Barnier—UK and EU chief negotiators—in March. Photo: Dati Bendo/DPA/PA Images

Last week saw the publication of the UK’s draft legal texts for a final future relationship agreement (or, rather, set of agreements) with the EU. The chasm between the parties is wide, including on the issues of state aid and procurement. Is there any hope for a compromise?

The starting point for any settlement negotiation is to try to work out what the real interests and concerns of the parties are, and whether there is…

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