Raab backtracks hours after hinting Brexit deal just weeks away

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Keir Starmer describes Brexit secretary’s U-turn as ‘one of quickest in political history’

Dominic Raab has been forced into an embarrassing climbdown after appearing to suggest that the UK’s increasingly fraught Brexit negotiations with the EU could be completed in three weeks’ time.

The Brexit secretary admitted there was “no set date for the negotiations to conclude” three hours after a letter he had sent to a select committee was released in which he said he was happy to appear before it on 21 November after “a deal is finalised”.

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