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Theresa May will find it hard to forge a trade deal for Brexit Britain—but there may be a way forward

In some ways, May's struggle mirrors that of previous Prime Ministers. But the world has moved on since Macmillan's dealings with Europe in 1958

By Helen Thompson  

How will Theresa May get a "yes" on trade? Photo: PA

When Theresa May asked Parliament to trigger Article 50, she launched Britain into an unknown economic future. However, the strategic dilemma confronting May in her attempt to negotiate a comprehensive free trade agreement with an accompanying customs accord for post-Brexit Britain is, in part, familiar to that previous prime ministers faced.

In 1958, Harold Macmillan insisted that if the European Economic Community (EEC) states did not agree a free trade deal, he would withdraw British troops from western…

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