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The UK, on accession and in numerous Treaties and agreed subsidiary Commission directives thereafter, has accepted a huge number of obligations most of which it now seeks to abrogate.  That is the essence of what the Brexit "deal" will be about.

However the UK also seeks to retain what it sees as the benefits of membership insofar as it it possible to do so, post Brexit.  That is the essence of the Trade deal which the UK is anxious to negotiate.

The EU, for it's part, has indicated that it wishes to have the terms of the "Brexit" deal substantially agreed before it moves on to discussion the terms of any post-Brexit trade deals. The UK cannot have one without the other - it argues.

Specifically, for the EU, ending free movement of EU citizens, the jurisdiction of the ECJ, membership of the Customs Union and Single Market, the direct UK contribution to the EU budget etc. must have consequences, else why wouldn't everyone (selectively) be doing it?

The argument is essentially about what price the UK will have to pay for the benefits it wishes to retain, and failing agreement, the UK will lose all those benefits, together with the obligations it has entered into as a principle in all the treaties it is now abrogating.

Some Brexiteers argue that "no deal is better than a bad deal" means the UK should pay very little at all, on the principle that the EU needs the UK as much as vice versa. It remains to be seen whether they have over-played their hand.

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