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Is Johnson dragging us towards a second Brexit cliff edge?

The consequence of stated government policy would be a delayed crash-out departure at the end of the transition

By David Henig  

No-deal Brexit is dead. Long live no-deal Brexit. Johnson and Gove have ruled out extending the transition. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/PA Images

Briefly, there was just a hint that the Brexit dialogue might start reflecting international negotiating norms. That in the event of a Conservative majority the UK would leave the EU at the end of January 2020, then recognising that a free trade deal with the EU could not be achieved during the 10-month transition, accept an extension and give ourselves until the end of 2022 to deliver…

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