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Why the Trans-Pacific trade pact debate may end up being a re-run of Leave/Remain

The government is right to weigh the options but there is more than economics to consider

By David Henig  

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire/PA Images

Early in 2019 one of the largest free trade agreements of recent history should go live. The Trans-Pacific Partnership was originally signed by 12 countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam) in February 2016, but the election of President Trump saw the US withdraw and doubt as to whether the other members could or would proceed. After some discussion, and the suspension of some elements the remaining 11…

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