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The hidden perils of a trade deal with Trump

A free trade agreement with the US is considered a key post-Brexit prize. But the negotiations will be fraught with danger and Britain is not prepared

By Alex Dean  

He will drive a tough bargain. Photo: KEVIN DIETSCH/UPI/PA Images

Trade has never been in the news so much. The cause is Donald Trump. The furious tariff war between China and the US dominates headlines and its economic consequences could be profound. Meanwhile the US president has forced a renegotiation of NAFTA and is undermining parts of the World Trade Organisation. He is destabilising the entire trading system.

Yet it is against this troubling backdrop that Britain will seek to strike a trade deal with the US president. After…

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