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The biggest Brexit mistake of all would be to let paranoia define the new relationship 

Both sides must overcome the animosity of recent days if they are to manage future problems

By Anton Spisak  

Johnson and von der Leyen during the negotiations period in December. A deal was done—now the two sides must make it work. Photo: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

So much for the new partnership between Britain and the EU. Their relationship, mired in mistrust since the day that Britain voted for Brexit in 2016, had supposedly taken a turn for the better after the two sides sealed a trade deal in December. The European Commission lauded the deal as a “new beginning,” while Michael Gove, Cabinet Office minister, described it as a new “special relationship.” It has taken mere weeks for the reality to kick in.

It began with an outcry in Brussels over Britain’s refusal to grant the bloc’s ambassador in London full diplomatic status. Then…

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