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A deal is within reach. Crashing out would be an overwhelming failure of statecraft

The two parties must not sacrifice jobs on the altar of distrust, says a former head of the Brexit department

By Philip Rycroft  

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The saga drags on. Another deadline has come and gone, a new deadline has been set. Sunday 13th December is primed to be the decisive moment. But don’t bet on it. As the two sides continue to wrangle, neither wants to be the first to step out of the ring. Negotiations might grind on right up to Christmas. All we know for certain is that, come what may, the UK leaves the transition period at the end of the year. The world changes on 1st…

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