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Stage two of the Brexit talks: the rows to come

Getting to the end of stage one of the negotiations will soon look like what it is—the easy bit

By Kirsty Hughes  

Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Last week, the UK and the European Union struck a first stage Brexit withdrawal deal. The EU decided that talks had made sufficient progress on the three key subjects of EU citizens’ rights, Northern Ireland and the financial settlement such that, pending approval from the EU27 at the European summit starting today, talks can now move on to the future relationship.

But there’s a problem. The EU-UK deal agreed last week contains multiple contradictions. That will lead to plenty of rows in the first few…

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