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Why the UK’s entire trade policy agenda could be in jeopardy

A former Assistant Director at the Department for International Trade sounds the alarm

By David Henig  

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/PA Images

It was easy to miss among the continuing dreary and slightly surreal chatter of customs solutions and Northern Ireland, but we recently saw something perhaps unprecedented in the history of UK trade policy. For the first time ever business groups, trade unions, and various interested NGOs came together to agree on something.

This wasn’t the usual pro-trade agreement position that you could expect from the likes of the CBI, IoD, and often the consumer organisation Which. Nor was it…

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