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Heard of “Rules of origin”? They could severely restrict Britain’s trade post-Brexit

As ever, the devil is in the detail

By Iain Begg  

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Having been forced to understand the intricacies of the Irish border, we will all soon have to become experts on the scope of trade deals, and the rules and practices behind them. Brexit negotiations will soon turn to Britain’s future relationship with the continent.

These talks with be fraught. Already discussion is raging over what model Britain should look to emulate—Norway, Switzerland or Canada. Bound up in all this are big political questions over Britain’s membership of the customs…

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