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Must Britain trigger Article 127 if it wants to leave the single market?

Article 50 receives far more attention—but a clause from a different treaty could prove the sticking point in the Brexit process

By Jonathan Lis  

Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

Recent weeks have seen a number of high-profile comebacks—and to the list of Bananarama, Shania Twain and Steps, we can now add Article 127 of the 1994 European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement. Not as glamorous or radio-friendly, and currently popular only with Brexit anoraks, it is potentially far more significant for the future of Britain’s economy.

The EEA Agreement is the treaty which extends membership of the single market beyond the borders of the EU. It was signed by the EU and three members…

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