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The government’s latest moves on Brexit are about theatrics, not legalities

Why are ministers reportedly poised to introduce legislation that undermines their commitments on state aid?

By Raphael Hogarth  

The prime minister signs the Withdrawal AGreement. Photo: Andrew Parsons/DPA/PA Images

While Brexit talks have been displaced from the front pages by the coronavirus crisis, negotiators have been whittling down their disagreements. They can now see a way through on most of the big sticking points that threatened to block a trade deal at the start of the year—rules on labour and the environment to prevent a race to the bottom, EU access to UK fishing waters and the system for resolving future disputes.

On the rules for…

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