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Brexit deal: Rarely in Britain’s history has the future of so many depended on so few

The fate of May’s deal—and the future of the country—hinges on the decisions of just a handful of politicians

By Guy de Jonquières  

Geoffrey Cox is a key player. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

From the moment late last night that Theresa May and European Union negotiators announced they had struck a revised agreement on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, lawyers and legal commentators have been poring over the entrails of the document, trying to decide what it really amounts to.

There has been much anxious head-scratching over whether the changes to the deal that the government claims to have achieved are really changes at all, and whether its provisions relating to…

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