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No, a trade deal with Europe won’t be easy just because we start from close alignment 


The point of Brexit is to diverge and that will necessitate lengthy negotiations

By David Henig  

Will he get a trade deal done by the end of the transition? Photo: SOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA Images

The Conservatives’ election message is clear: in the event of their winning a majority on 12th December, we’ll be out of the EU by 31st January, and will have a new Free Trade Agreement by the end of the planned transition on 31st December 2020. Eleven months will be enough, because we start from complete alignment. Greg Hands, a Tory MP since 2005, tweeted that “As former trade minister, the UK-EU trade…

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