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The Brexit negotiations have one critical difference from any other complex multi-level negotiation: the media will always seek to report the meaning behind the statements.

Imagine you are in the early stages of a negotiation. Still engaged in exploratory conversations, mapping out a range of possibilities with the other party. There is enough dependency to sustain motivation and enough at stake to promote creative thinking.

Furthermore, there are enough politics to ensure point scoring to assure the watching crowds that you will be no pushover...

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