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Michael Gove states the obvious

The PM’s Brexit deal is the biggest one-off imposition of red tape a government has ever inflicted on business

By Jill Rutter  

Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and MP for Surrey Heath speaks at day one of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester , England , 29 September 2019. (Photo by Giannis Alexopoulos/NurPhoto)

On 24th January 2017, then Brexit secretary David Davis was on his feet in the Commons explaining the government’s ambition for trade after Brexit: what it wanted was “a comprehensive free trade agreement and a comprehensive customs agreement that will deliver the exact same benefits as we have, but also enable my right hon. friend the secretary of state for international trade to go and form trade deals with the rest of the…

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