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A bog standard off-the-shelf FTA, probably modelled on Canada, plus a few security and other cooperative agreements, is all the UK can expect in the first tranche of the agreement, reached probably after an extended Transition period. And that is probably only if Boris is not in charge, or does a U -turn comparable to the one he has just done on N. Ireland.

It will be pitiful to see, the UK begging to retain some of the privileges of membership, while having little leverage to achieve those goals - and probably having to pay through the nose for benefits it has for so long taken for granted. But will all 27 continuing member states having a veto, and all willing to put their oar in to ensure their own national interests are served, it can be no other way.

Once you're out, you're out.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Nov 15th, 2019 at 04:52:19 PM EST
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