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Inside the Brexit tribe: What do senior Eurosceptics make of Britain’s negotiation effort so far?

Remainers in the party—and in the Cabinet—are antagonising some on the Conservatives' Brexit wing

By Alex Dean  

Brexit Secretary David Davis with EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier. Photo: Monasse Thierry/AND/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

“It is highly unlikely the EU will stick to a punitive line.” Last year, two weeks before the EU referendum, I went to David Davis’s office. One leg slung over the arm of his chair, he insisted that there was little chance the EU would seek to punish Britain in the event of a “Leave” vote. “You’re talking tiny fractions of a per cent.”

His comments were typical of Brexiteers in the run-up to the referendum, but…

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