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No, Brussels is not misreading the UK’s threats of no deal

Contrary to recent reports, the European Union knows Britain could walk away and is preparing accordingly

By Georgina Wright  

EU Chief negotiatior Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

I’ll let you in on a well-known secret: the EU is a formidable negotiator. It does not always get what it wants but it has got rather good at negotiating with third countries. Take trade deals: it has more trade agreements than any other country or group of countries—and at the last count, it had a dozen negotiations on the go. It also has a process that reflects years of fine tuning, which it applies to each negotiation…

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