EU leaders may be showing patience for the time being but they have their own red lines and a timetable

The early calls for Britain to go quickly have ceased, and despite the insistence on “no negotiation without notification”, informal talks between UK officials and their counterparts in EU capitals are under way.

But as the government begins working out what form it would like Britain’s future relationship with the EU to take (and when it would like it to start), it seems probable that what it eventually decides it might like will not be what it gets.

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