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Hopes turn to an orderly “no deal” Brexit

Plans are afoot to strike mini-agreements in lieu of a full deal. Would it work?

By Georgina Wright  

Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

Those hoping for summer respite from Brexit will be bitterly disappointed. Three months left to finalise the terms of the UK’s withdrawal and there is still no agreement in sight. There is also no guarantee that the final agreement—if one is reached—would make it through the UK parliament. The chances of extending Article 50 negotiations seem remote. Is it time to start planning for “no deal”?

The European Commission certainly thinks so. In recent months it has published around 60 sector-specific notices highlighting areas for immediate consideration, from…

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