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The 262 words of the EU divorce clause could be the key to Britain’s future

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An orderly UK withdrawal has to be agreed before any trade deals are struck

Leaving the EU without a deal would cause the UK significant harm

Negotiating a deal to secure citizen rights faces numerous obstacles

Milestones in the 2-year process that will decide the UK’s future outside the EU

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The link between devaluation and the EU referendum cannot be doubted

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EU negotiator lays out the consequences of failing to reach a deal

Tory electorate may be hard to please, with 93% in favour of free trade with the bloc

As UK triggers EU divorce, other financial centres jostle to take business from London

Control over timing and structure of negotiations now lies with bloc’s other members

At each stage they spin the new bottom-line as something they half-expected all along

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