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Can business interventions stop hard Brexit?

Companies like Airbus are warning of the risks, but is it all coming too late?

By Peter Kellner  

Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images

Britain’s business community has started to stir. More companies are warning of the dangers of Brexit. Over the weekend, five industry organisations came together to demand a new approach to the negotiations in Brussels. How seriously should we take these warnings—and have they come too late to prevent an economically damaging hard Brexit?

Consider the seriousness first. Brexiteers say the companies are sabre-rattling in order to maximise their profits—come the day, they will not cut back in Britain. However, when Brexiteers are pressed on the details,…

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