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Leaving the Single Market only became an option because the EU wouldn't bend on Free Movement, and leaving the Custom's Union became a requirement when they realised they couldn't do their own trade deals from within it. They thought they could force the EU to compromise on both of these, and when the EU didn't, they threatened to leave - initially for most, as a negotiating tactic - and then as an ideological position. It took a long time for the "have cake and eat it" mentality to wear off, and it still, hasn't, quite.

But even I didn't think they would renege on the Withdrawal Agreement within months of having  won a general election on that basis and having ratified it after the election. And now  they expect the EU to negotiate another agreement? That takes real Chutzpah.

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