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Brexit’s Bitter Aftertaste Empties London Restaurant Tables

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At Corrigan’s restaurant in London’s affluent Mayfair district, the three private rooms are normally filled with bankers celebrating deals over dishes like roast saddle of rabbit with spinach and morel mushrooms, for 30 pounds ($39).

Since the U.K.’s June 23 vote to leave the European Union, the deals have dried up and Corrigan’s has experienced an unfamiliar phenomenon: cancellations.