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No-deal readiness, Lord Cockfield and the British ingenuity behind the EU single market

The UK helped to deliver the greatest bonfire of red tape in human history. But it is now contemplating the erection of countless new barriers, and in doing so, abandoning its proud record from decades past

By David Anderson   November 2019

Lord Cockfield in the early 1980s. PA Archive/PA Images

The government’s “No-Deal Readiness Report,” published on Tuesday, sets out in one place what will change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Media coverage has focused on an important but transitory issue: our state of Brexit preparedness. But the report’s 159 pages reveal a more lasting truth: that whenever it comes, Brexit will not only reduce our hard-won freedoms to move and to trade across the EU, but thrust what remains of them into a dense…

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