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The EU has 36 free trade deals with non-EU countries—will they roll over to Britain after Brexit?

The hope here is that Britain can “copy and paste” them, but it may not be that simple

By Beth Oppenheim  

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox. Photo: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

For the past 44 years, the UK has relied upon the European Union, formerly the European Economic Community, to negotiate trade deals. As an EU member, Britain cannot strike its own trade deals, but the bloc has successfully secured 36 trade agreements for its member-states, spanning more than 60 countries. It is unclear whether Britain can continue to participate in these deals once it leaves the EU.

Last week, former trade minister Mark Price tweeted that all of these non-EU countries “have agreed to roll over” their…

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