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There is simply no such thing as a “no deal” Brexit

Hardline Brexiteers are either advocating a bluff that no-one on the EU side believes or demonstrating a failure to understand how EU treaties work

By Rafael Behr  

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

A few weeks before the UK voted to leave the European Union, I received a text message from a senior figure in the Remain campaign. “We’ve got them where we want them on the economy,” he wrote. “Now we have to press the advantage.” That account of the campaign wasn’t entirely wrong. It correctly identified that the other side had nothing credible to say about economic models for the UK outside the EU. The problem was that not enough voters…

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