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“Unnecessary and unprincipled”: A former ambassador on the UK’s approach to EU trade talks

“A great deal is being overlooked in the dash to secure a shrivelled free trade agreement of the sort we were trying to get, unsuccessfully, as long ago as 1958”

By David Hannay  

Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto/PA Images

Yet another of the prime minister’s bombastic, Brexit-related assurances, that there would be a UK/EU trade deal struck in July, has bitten the dust, like several before it. It always was a silly prediction, launched more to distract attention from the government’s decision not to request an extension of the current transitional period beyond the end of 2020. All it will do, now that the deadline has passed with no evident sign of progress in the negotiations, is to feed speculation that the UK will…

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