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Africa’s historic free trade agreement holds brutal lessons for Brexit Britain 

By clubbing together, African countries acknowledge how hard it is to go it alone in a turbulent global economy

By Guy de Jonquières  

the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) of the African Union . Photo: Lyu Tianran/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

As President Donald Trump takes an axe to traditional US trade relationships and Britain prepares to exit the world’s biggest free trade area, Africa is moving smartly in the opposite direction. This month, Gambia became the 22nd country to ratify the Africa Continental Free Trade Area agreement, bringing into being a grouping intended eventually to create a single market encompassing 55 nations and 1.2bn…

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