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Parliament can squabble but the Brexit fundamentals have not changed

A hard border or a close relationship with Europe. Pick one

By David Henig  

Nothing fundamental has changed with regard to Brexit in the last two weeks.

The Chequers Declaration, if it still remains government policy, did not change anything. The White Paper contained lots of details, and overall was intended to change fundamentals. But it will not do so.

Yesterday’s amendments to the Customs Bills mean that the government’s negotiating position is increasingly unclear—and possibly contradictory—with regard to the Irish border. It also indicated that the Conservative Party is more split than ever, which may be highly relevant for…

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