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Brexit: could an “association agreement” with Europe be the way to go?

They go beyond a simple trade deal and reports suggest the government is open to the idea

By Aarti Shankar  

The European Parliament's Guy Verhofstadt calls AAs "a box into which we can place different areas of cooperation." Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

The Prime Minister is finally expected to lay out her vision of the future UK-EU economic partnership at the start of next month. Despite this being only weeks away, reports suggest that a common government position on key substantive elements—including customs and immigration arrangements—are yet to be finalised. However, an idea of what the framework of the overall relationship could look like has surfaced.

Reports last week suggested…

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