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There is simply no credible evidence to suggest the EU will concede at the last minute

Brexiteers will be waiting a long time for the EU27 to re-open the withdrawal agreement

By Guy de Jonquières  

Michel Barnier, EU Chief Negotiator. Photo: Ye Pingfan/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

The conventional wisdom in Westminster and Brussels is that Theresa May is on a hiding to nothing in her efforts to persuade the EU to reopen negotiations on the withdrawal agreement. However, supporters of a hard Brexit insist they know better. All Britain need do, they say, is to keep its nerve and stand its ground because the EU always gives in at the very last minute. As David Davis once put it, “we know from past experience that the EU always…

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