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Policy report: the fraught business of trading-off priorities

For a newly independent Britain, the challenges of international commerce now go beyond economics

By Tom Clark   April 2021

The Department for International Trade. Photo: Joe / Alamy Stock Photo

UK PLC, and especially UK SME, is having a spot of post-Brexit bother trading into the European Union. As Jill Rutter’s analysis elucidates, some of the delays and problems with paperwork are likely transitional, but some barriers will persist. Despite Boris Johnson’s much-vaunted tariff-free deal with the EU itself, the prospects for British commerce will—for better or worse—increasingly depend on agreements with countries elsewhere in the world.

Ministers have certainly been energetic on this front: as well as the Japanese deal and the ongoing Canadian negotiations that Ranil Jayawardena highlights, there are finished or provisional arrangements in place covering…

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