Brexit: UK negotiators ‘believe brinkmanship will reboot trade talks’

Plan has enraged EU and many Tories but sources say No 10 thinks it will move talks along

Britain’s Brexit negotiators believe Downing Street’s plan to break international law, pushing the trade and security negotiations to the brink, may have helped reboot the talks by offering Brussels a reality check about the looming danger of a no-deal outcome.

The publication of the internal market bill on Wednesday, under which key parts of the withdrawal agreement agreed last year would be negated, has enraged the EU and prompted an internal rebellion within the Conservative party.

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