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Who will blink first? Britain and EU locked in high-stakes showdown

While Johnson digs in over Brexit demands, Europeans are determined to call his bluff

Britain's government has ordered its tax authorities to complete preparations for the country's departure from the European Union later this year, regardless of whether the country manages to conclude a deal with the bloc over the terms of the separation.

Mr Sajid Javid, Britain's newly appointed Chancellor - or Finance Minister - instructed his tax collectors to put in place by the end of October all the necessary infrastructure to cope with what is expected to be a completely different Customs regime with Europe after Brexit, as the process of Britain's separation from the EU is popularly known.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 03, 2019, with the headline 'Who will blink first? Britain and EU locked in high-stakes showdown'. Print Edition | Subscribe