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Key voices: EC President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

Key voices: EC President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

Key voices: EC President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

EU negotiators see time as an extra tool in their negotiating kitbag.

They have a long tradition of 'stopping the clock' to extend deadlines and achieve deals. They also add years to the implementation dates for tricky new laws, and give additional time to countries that have specific problems with new measures.


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