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Signs of cracking in the European Union's common front on Brexit may encourage hopes in London that Prime Minister Theresa May can exploit continental divisions to secure British advantage. But EU leaders and diplomats, as well as some British Brexit experts, argue that May risks disappointment in that quest, as Germany leads a push to prevent London unraveling the EU single market rules and the 27, mildly intoxicated by their success in the first round of talks, see unity benefiting all of them.Rare harmony among member states has strong-armed Britain into largely accepting the EU's terms for its departure. Another senior Brussels diplomat from a member state, said that already smacked of "cherry-picking" – the very sin the 27 accuse Britain of doing, to keep the best bits of EU membership.London, the official said, was hoping for help in gaining EU financial services access from Luxembourg, which is wary of French efforts to freeze out the City of London in the hope of drawing bankers to Paris.German exporters to Britain might fret about lost business, but Merkel aides insist she has convinced most that Germany has much more to lose by letting Britain "cherry-pick" trade deals, which Merkel says could unravel the EU altogether.
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