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Brexit jargon-buster – from A to I is here

Brexit news seems to have been put on hold as the government deals with claims that its most senior officials may have jumped the gun in blaming Russia for the Salisbury poison attack, after UK experts claimed they can’t yet prove that the novichock nerve agent used actually came from Russia.

But Brexit is pushing on in the background, and it’s now just 51 weeks until the UK is set to leave the EU – so here is our second and final installment of our Brexit jargon-buster.

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Business and politics are rife with jargon at the best of times, but Brexit has thrown up an entire lexicon of buzzwords and doublespeak – Brexit itself is a prime example, being a portmanteau combining Britain and Exit.

So, as the UK is set to leave the EU in exactly one year’s time, here is our Brexit jargon-buster.

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The UK’s place in a customs union seems to be the biggest test facing those in charge of the Brexit negotiations – while the most hardline Brexiters seem to want the UK to cut all ties with the EU, Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, has conceded that border checks within the UK may be necessary in the future as Brussels published a draft withdrawal agreement under which the Northern Ireland would effectively stay in the single market and customs union after Brexit.

But what is a customs union, and why does it matter?

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