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CPTPP—as easy as one, two, three?

UK hopes regarding the new pacific trade pact may yet be dashed

By Sam Lowe  

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The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a trade agreement between 11 countries including Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, is all the rage in Westminster. Formed after the initial Trans-Pacific Partnership folded, the new (and confusingly-titled) agreement has been talked up as an option for a post-Brexit UK.

In an opinion piece recently shared on Twitter by trade secretary Liz Truss, Liam Halligan of the Telegraph wrote:

“For it is no exaggeration that, by joining CPTPP, and using…

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