James Forsyth James Forsyth

The biggest obstacle to a Brexit deal

Downing Street now thinks that the chances of a Brexit deal are down to 30 or 40 per cent, I say in The Times today. The sticking point is, rather surprisingly, state aid.

Since Margaret Thatcher’s election in 1979, the UK has been sniffy about the idea of government ‘picking winners’.

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