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Prime Minister Theresa May is hoping to make some progress on Brexit this week even as the political plotting at home makes it increasingly unlikely that she’ll survive long enough to ink the final deal. But there’s a glimmer of hope for the U.K. as its negotiating team heads back to Brussels: the tight unity of the EU27 could be about to show some cracks, Bloomberg’s Ian Wishart reports.
The European side has all but ruled out moving on to trade talks at the leaders’ summit next week, and diplomats say some governments are blocking proposals to allow discussion of the transition deal that U.K. businesses urgently need. While the 27 governments have been united so far, that consensus may not hold if trade talks are postponed beyond December, according to the diplomats. Countries including the Netherlands and Denmark are keen to open trade talks as soon as possible.
“In any political negotiations, there is not enough time, not enough money, not enough this, not enough that,” Danish Finan…