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Level playing field commitments—the next Brexit frontier

You must accept them if you want a free trade deal but they can mean many different things

By David Henig  

Photo: Leon Neal/PA Wire/PA Images

The latest phrase to break out of wonkish obscurity into the mainstream thanks to Brexit is “level playing field.” Obviously the broad definition is well understood, as in making sure of a fair contest, but the relevance to international trade less so. We in the UK should perhaps know better, given that fair competition was at the heart of many of the…

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