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It’s the withdrawal agreement, stupid

The Brexit debate focuses on Chequers when the most important thing now is the “backstop”

By Jill Rutter  

Prime Minister Theresa May earlier this year. Photo: Charles McQuillan/PA Wire/PA Images

As parliament returns from its summer break, the autumn agenda will be dominated by Brexit. There is a very real risk that negotiations break down and we leave with no deal.

But while the debate in the UK focusses on whether the prime minister’s so-called Chequers deal still lives—or is a dead deal walking, with few advocates beyond the PM herself and her deputy David Lidington, it is important to remember that that is not the…

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