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    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    From the beginning the sequencing adopted was designed to stop HMG from using divorce issues like the border as negotiating leverage when it came to the future relationship. I don't see the EU allowing it now.

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    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    If HMG got a legally binding agreement to a CU without an equally legally binding agreement regarding level playing fields that would be disastrous for the EU, so how could it possibly happen?

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    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    Yesterday's story in the Guardian about fisheries was a perfect example of how the EU would risk throwing away important leverage if it agreed to a CU now without ensuring that this would have to be negotiated to the satisfaction of both parties.
    theguardian.com/politics/2018/…

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    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    And all of this is ignoring the more fundamental legal point that the CU can only be negotiated after Brexit. And in a negotiation, both sides have to agree. So how can guarantees be made at this stage that the negotiation will be successful?

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    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    The last 2 years wouldn't make you optimistic on that score...

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    Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

    So we will have to wait and see what happens. And wish the negotiators on both sides luck, because they have a very difficult task on their hands.

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