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Does Sajid Javid know what he is talking about?

The chancellor’s views on EU rules and standards suggest he may not

By Guy de Jonquières  

Chancellor Sajid Javid. Photo: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Does Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer know what he is talking about? That is a troubling question to ask about any cabinet member, above all the one charged with managing the nation’s economy and finances. But it is unavoidably posed by Sajid Javid’s weekend interview with the Financial Times, in which he warned business leaders to drop their campaign to keep Britain aligned with European Union regulations and standards after Brexit.

The chancellor’s message, which has predictably caused much anguish in…

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