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Worryingly Troubled Organisation: why the WTO is in serious peril

Hard Brexit enthusiasts hold up the WTO as the ultimate insurance policy for Britain. But the survival of the body itself is under threat

By Paul Wallace   April 2019

The World Trade Organisation is in the spotlight as hard Brexiteers advocate leaving the European Union without a deal on “WTO terms”—a phrase that is supposed to sound reassuring. But regardless of what sort of trade relationship with Europe we eventually settle into, we should all take a keen interest in how much protection this institution really provides.

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