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Tory politicians have much to learn about trade policy

The government is poorly prepared to negotiate deals after Brexit

By Guy de Jonquières  

Are we in for a rude awakening in trade negotiations with larger powers? Michael Kappeler/DPA/PA Images

Christmas is the season when miracles are supposed to happen. But the most extraordinary divine intervention will be needed if the hopes, dreams and promises about Britain’s trade future after Brexit being bandied about on the election campaign trail by Conservative politicians are to come true.

They say, for instance, that if re-elected they can wrap up a trade deal with the European Union within months after Brexit…

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