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The Brexit grand bargain is in sight, but not yet within reach

A deal requires three pieces to fall into place in the coming weeks

By Anton Spisak  

Michel Barnier will Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

When Boris Johnson agreed the withdrawal treaty with the EU last autumn, he first blustered, then asked for the closed-room talks, and finally backed down to concessions in private. His was a tactical play in which, to get a deal, he had to look resolute at home but show more flexibility in Brussels.

The same tactic is being used by the Prime Minister now. In September, the government sought to destabilise the trade…

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