This article was originally published in our subscriber-only Brexit Bulletin newsletter. You can sign up to receive this here. British and EU negotiators may be on the cusp of a trade deal – but Brexit never ends. Talks with Brussels have been dragging on for years. They will be a regular part of British life, continuing long into the future after the trade agreement is struck. Britain has escaped the EU but it can never escape negotiating with it. Even a no-deal Brexit wouldn’t prevent the unavoidable future of talks with the EU, and talks about talks with the EU. Brussels, which is always comfortable playing the long game, is reportedly considering asking for a 10- to 15-year review clause in the trade deal and fishing agreement. If presented with this demand, David Frost, the UK’s chief negotiator, would be well within his rights to channel Al Pacino in The Godfather Part III and bellow: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” The deal that appears likely is a basic, “thin” agreement, despite bringing zero tariff, zero quota trade in goods.