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A no-deal Brexit is less inevitable than it looks

There is still time for MPs to avert the cliff-edge outcome

By Charles Grant  

Is he really planning to pull Britain off the edge? Photo: TOBY MELVILLE/WPA Rota/Press Association Images

Boris Johnson says he won’t talk to the EU unless it agrees to scrap the Irish backstop. The EU says that any deal with Britain must be based on the current withdrawal agreement, including the backstop. With neither side willing to blink, Britain seems set to leave the EU without a deal on 31st October. Yet despite appearances, that outcome remains far from certain.

At the moment Johnson is taking a very hard line with the EU.…

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