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The UK isn’t ready to lead the world trading system

Before we can hope to head the WTO we should get our own house in order

By David Henig  

Liam Fox is UK nominee for the top post at the WTO. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Archive

You can’t fault the ambition. On many occasions since 2016, UK ministers have said that after Brexit we will be a global leader in free trade and the fight against protectionism, and in particular a champion of the World Trade Organisation. Now former secretary of state for international trade Liam Fox has been put forward for that organisation’s top job, director general, with the prime minister citing Fox’s “first-hand experience of the political and…

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