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The folly of the free trade case for Brexit

The one upside to Brexit championed since the referendum turns out not to be much of an upside after all—as conversation with foreign diplomats confirms

By Steve Bloomfield  

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

What is the point of Brexit? It depends who you ask—and when. During the referendum campaign, much of the debate surrounded immigration. Since then, at least in the minds of the leading Brexiteers, trade has taken centre stage. From David Davis to Boris Johnson, John Redwood to Douglas Carswell, the ability to trade freely with whomever we want has become the one constant positive benefit of Brexit they are able to cite.

Let’s, for now, leave to one side…

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