Scene is an expensive restaurant in the City of London, the Coq d'Argent There is a woman sitting at the table, meal half eaten. On the table, various plates and glasses are piled up higgledy piggledy. Beside the table a man is standing on his hands with a salt cellar dangling by a napkin from one foot and a pepper pot dangling from the other. The very smart black tie waiter has arrived, attentive but in raised eyebrows mode, and the woman is saying in explanation to him: 'My friend, Sir Wilfred, is explaining to me how a post-Brexit frictionless trading deal can work outside a customs union. He's used the salt cellar and the pepper pot and he would now like you to wheel over the dessert trolley.'

‘My friend, Sir Wilfred, is explaining to me how a post- Brexit frictionless trading deal can work outside a customs union. He’s used the salt cellar and the pepper pot and he would now like you to wheel over the dessert trolley.’

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