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The government’s Brexit plan is still one big contradiction

The former head of customs procedures for the European Commission tears into May’s proposals

By Michael Lux  

Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: Matt Cardy/PA Wire/PA Images

The UK wants to remain in the single market for goods, but not for services. It also wants to end the free movement of people. Added to this, it hopes its “facilitated customs arrangement” will prevent the need for border checks.

The first obstacle is whether the European Union will accept cherry-picking, which is contrary to its negotiation guidelines and which it has not allowed so far for any third country.

There is also the question of whether hardline Brexiteers…

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