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The naïve optimism of Liam Fox

The harsh reality of negotiations is fast catching up with the International Trade Secretary

By David Henig  

Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

When the histories of Brexit are written, Liam Fox will surely be remembered for saying that the post-Brexit free trade deal with the EU should be the “easiest in human history.” To be fair he did follow up this remark in July 2017 by saying that if it didn’t happen it would be because “politics gets in the way of economics.” But then since politics typically gets in the way of economics, to assume otherwise is somewhat on the naïve side.

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