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Why “no deal” remains one of the greatest threats facing the UK

Some say a WTO Brexit would be less painful in the wake of Covid-19 destruction. This argument “makes no sense,” says a former judge of the European Court of Justice

By Franklin Dehousse  

Photo: Jonathan Raa/NurPhoto/PA Images

Four years ago, the British people voted in a referendum to get out of the European Union. For all parties involved, it was important to implement that decision. After the conclusion of the Withdrawal Agreement in 2019, a new negotiation was opened on a new EU/UK relationship, to be concluded (and approved) before the end of 2020 unless extended. Progress was slow before; now there is a growing feeling on the EU side that the UK government is not making the required efforts and…

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