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Brexit Talks Haunted by the Fear One Person Could Thwart a Deal

  • EU officials fear a rearguard action by premier’s top adviser
  • Dominic Cummings viewed in Brussels as an advocate of no deal
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The chief negotiators of the U.K. and European Union may have hatched a plan to give a post-Brexit trade deal one last shot, but one man could yet stand in their way.

Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s powerful chief adviser, has largely been absent from the discussions in Downing Street about Brexit since the Conservative party’s election victory in December as the government grappled with the coronavirus and its overhaul of the civil service. Yet his influence looms large.