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Hardline Brexiters voice fears over reports of Swiss-style EU deal

Minister rubbishes reports that senior government figures were revisiting trading arrangement offered by EU last year

A backlash is brewing among hardline Brexiters after reports emerged that senior government figures want the UK to adopt a Swiss-style agreement with the European Union.

Steve Barclay, the health secretary, rubbished the suggestion, which has sent jitters through leading Conservatives in the European Research Group (ERG).

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