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Theresa May’s Chequers plan may yet have some life in it

If some UK red lines shift, it would be hard for the EU to remain obdurate

By Charles Grant  

Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

Theresa May’s Chequers plan for the future UK-EU relationship appears moribund. The European Union has been critical and the UK parliament seems unlikely to vote in favour: both the Labour Party and hard-Brexit Conservatives are hostile. Yet important parts of the Chequers plan may yet re-emerge, because the alternatives are so unpalatable.

One argument for Chequers is that it is the least bad option for the UK (and EU) economy that could conceivably work politically. By aligning Britain with…

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