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“Could talks collapse completely? Of course”: why insiders are worried about Brexit negotiations

The PM hoped her Florence speech would unlock negotiations—but her recent Brussels trip showed it has not. What happens now?

By Alex Dean  

Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker in April. The two met last night to discuss Brexit—but little progress was made. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire/PA Images

The Article 50 clock is ticking—but Britain just doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere on Brexit. Months into the biggest constitutional challenge the country has faced in decades—perhaps ever—negotiations are at a standstill. Little progress has been made on the most fundamental exit terms, let alone the future trading relationship Britain wants with the continent.

Theresa May had hoped that her Florence speech—where…

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