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Free ports: the government’s latest bright idea just distracts from more serious Brexit challenges 

The Department for International Trade’s new scheme provides uncertain benefits and could even harm some parts of the country   

By David Henig  

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/PA Images

The word “free” has a special place in the hearts of those wanting to leave the EU deal or none. A UK free of EU regulations has long been a core part of the rationale for Brexit. UK Free Trade Agreements have increasingly joined the narrative as a reason to reject the proposed Withdrawal Agreement. Completing a trinity of UK freedom outside the EU we now have the possibility of up to 10 free ports, as announced last…

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