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Written by SK Ashby

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In other news, lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a British court that Trump offered to pardon him if he denied that Russia was involved in hacking the DNC in 2016.

Meanwhile, British citizens will no longer be protected by the EU's data privacy laws at the end of the year after exiting the EU's customs union and, to that end, Google plans to move British user data into American jurisdiction. Other companies will likely follow.

Finally, European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan says economic relations with Britain are probably going to suck even if they reach a Brexit deal by the end of the year. Hogan told business leaders to prepare for the worst.

“On Jan. 1, things will change anyway -- even if we reach a deal,” Hogan said. “It will be much worse without a deal, but even with a deal there is going to be a massive change in terms of logistics, in terms of how we trade with each other, how we travel.”

Businesses face the prospect of additional customs declarations and delays at the border even if the two sides reach an agreement on their future relationship. If those talks fail, the U.K. would default to trading with the EU on World Trade Organization terms -- meaning tariffs and quotas would also return for the first time in a generation.