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The government has leapt over one hurdle—but a damaging “no deal” Brexit is still possible

All sides must fight to avoid such a result

By Michael Jay  

Brexit Secretary David Davis pictured in Westminster. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

On the 7th of December, the House of Lords EU Select Committee, of which I am acting chair, published the latest in its series of over 20 reports on Brexit, entitled “Brexit: deal or no deal.” This report explored the consequences of “no deal”—the failure of the UK and the EU to reach agreement on either withdrawal or future relations.

The overwhelming view of our expert witnesses was that “no deal” would be deeply damaging for the…

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