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The week the UK signalled full retreat from the world

Can government plans for regulatory independence be intended literally?

By David Henig  

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Seven years ago, long before Brexit, the UK government prioritised a trade deal between the US and EU—TTIP, or the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Its primary benefit was to come from the removal of regulatory differences. Launched at the UK-hosted G8 summit in 2013, the Cameron administration invested significant resource in working with negotiators to make the deal happen. We didn’t succeed, factors in that including some fundamental differences…

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