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Not a denial as much as a rebuttal: the UK currently enjoys "frictionless" trade, financial services and plenty of other things with the rest of the EU28, as a member of said EU.

Once out of the EU, there is no reason for the remaining 27 to grant the UK the same facilities. As W.Schaüble put it bluntly: "In is in, out is out".

The few non-EU countries who have free trade agreements with the EU (Norway, Switzerland) had to take all the strings attached, starting with freedom of movement - the very thing which is anathema for many Brexiters.

by Bernard on Tue Aug 22nd, 2017 at 07:53:38 PM EST
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