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    I don't buy the line that we should keep our cards close to our chest. Brexit is not like haggling on ebay over Wombles memorabilia.

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    There are 2 essential components to our approach to Brexit. One is the cost of various options to us. This is essentially common knowledge

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    Hammond and others have said that these things have to be private, but a few economists in Brussels can do as good a job as those in HMT.

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    The other component is how we are prepared to trade-off eg freedom of movement versus single market access.

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    It's not right that that should be chosen by the government at all, let alone chosen in private.

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    And the referendum did not give a steer on how these things should be traded off in the light of multiple Leave positions on it.

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    The real reason for the silence is the difficulty the factions in the Tory Party are having taking a view on the trade-off.

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    Conjecture to that those described as 'away with the fairies' don't accept common sense estimates of the costs of different options either.

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    So 'we have to negotiate with EU in private, +keep our cards secret' = 'we are negotiating with ourselves in private, which is embarrasing'

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