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Temporary EEA membership is a Brexit distraction

The latest Brexit plan has come too late in the day

By Pawel Swidlicki  

With Halloween marking the five-month point until Brexit day, it is appropriate that the idea of the UK temporarily staying in the single market via the European Economic Area has emerged from the political grave to be touted as a potential means of unblocking the Brexit negotiations.

The concept of Brexit as a series of steps rather than one giant leap is hardly new, having been proposed both before and immediately after the referendum by those Leavers who had the foresight to realise German carmakers would not leap to our rescue,…

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