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The free trade case for Brexit is folly

And crucially, it is new. Eurosceptics never used to buy into it

By Paul James Cardwell  

A demonstration against Brexit outside the palace of Westminster. Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

“First of all, leaving the EU gives us back control of our trade policy, and gives us the opportunity to maximise returns from free trade.” These words were spoken by David Davis on 11th July last year.

Post-Brexit, getting trade deals with countries the world over has become the new mantra. The prime minister’s visit to Japan last week brought this into sharp focus. But getting new trade deals (and getting them quickly) seems to have…

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