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Rules of origin: the biggest Brexit problem you didn’t know about



British departure will hit trade with Europe hard—this is why


By Alex Dean  

Photo: JOEL CARRETT/AAP/PA Images

We all know by now that Brexit will be bad for British trade. Britain’s frictionless relationship with the continent is set to end, with severe economic consequences. This overarching principle is well-understood. But as ever with Brexit, the real story is in the detail.

When Britain leaves, it will collide with international trade law. Regulation on health and safety, quotas and so on will transform into a bureaucratic nightmare. One aspect currently sending shivers down the spines of some in business—one you may not have heard of—is rules of origin.…

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