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BTW, what is to prevent the UK now, at an official but deniable level, i.e. not at a formal political level, from negotiating trade deals with third parties which will only be announced, signed, and implemented within weeks after Brexit is complete?
Sure EU members are not supposed to engage in independent trade negotiations, but have "informal discussions" with third parties all the time. The outcome of these informal discussions can then be formalised very quickly post Brexit. They will in any case often be modelled on EU trade deals with the letters "EU" replaced by "UK". Weaker third world trading partners (the sort UK prefers) will have little choice but to agree - perhaps encouraged by few bribes to key participants.
I would be surprised if UK ambassadors around the world are not already engaged in such subterfuge.
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As for the rest, of course you can initiate something. But the kind of full-blown negotiations that would allow a treaty to be ready to sign would be hard to keep at deniable level.
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
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