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Level playing field commitments and another looming Brexit row

The UK may dislike such provisions but it could find itself unable to avoid them

By George Peretz  

Photo: Sergi Reboredo/DPA/PA Images

In the swirl of political chaos it is easy to miss important developments. Although no announcement has been made, there have been persistent and well-sourced rumours that the Johnson government wishes to row back on the May government’s agreement to “level playing field” (LPF) commitments in the final UK/EU relationship. That agreement is incorporated in the political declaration setting out the bare bones of the envisaged final relationship: paragraph 79 records that:

“The future relationship must ensure open and fair competition. Provisions to ensure this should cover state…

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