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The level playing field will be the defining fight of UK-EU trade negotiations

The two sides are miles apart on this fundamental issue

By Jill Rutter  

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Beavertails. Mounties. Maple leaves. This is just some of the Canadiana admired in the UK—alongside Canada’s trade relationship with the European Union. Ministers have repeatedly set out their desire to use Canada as a model for the UK’s future trade arrangements with the EU.

But they failed to read the fine print in the EU’s original negotiating guidelines. This set out the conditions the UK must sign up…

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