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The tragedy of Britain’s confused Brexit debate? You were once a proud trading nation

A former WTO deputy director general says that the trade and investment reality post-Brexit has not been fully understood

By Roderick Abbott  

The headquarters of the WTO in Geneva. Photo: Valery Sharifulin/Tass/PA Images

Prospect published an article in July which was deeply shocking to someone like myself, who has spent the whole of his career in the international trade world. It was deemed necessary to put a series of fundamental questions to prominent experts, and this suggested that a distressing level of ignorance exists in Westminster about international trade, despite the historical record of the UK as a central pillar of the GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) and World Trade Organisation over the last 70 years.

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