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Brexit Britain’s trade negotiations: running just to stand still?

The priority in the short-term is simply hanging on to what we already have

By Allie Renison  

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox. Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

When it comes to sorting out the UK’s post-Brexit trade arrangements, we are doing an awful lot just to stand still. Across a number of fronts, we’re expending every effort simply to achieve the “prize” of continuity.

This is true of the Brexit negotiations themselves. While our new relationship with the EU will change—or come with a “different balance of rights and obligations” as the prime minister put it—keeping trade with the bloc as frictionless as possible is still among the government’s principal stated aims.

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