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Thanks to Donald Trump, a crucial component of the World Trade Organisation could soon cease functioning

The US president poses a direct threat to the WTO’s future and the UK could be badly exposed, says a former advisor to the WTO director-general

By David Tinline  

The WTO headquarters in Geneva. Photo: Xu Jinquan/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Boris Johnson loves the WTO, or so he said to the WTO director-general and I as we left Downing Street after a meeting in May last year. Certainly, in any likely Brexit scenario the UK will soon be relying on the WTO more than ever in managing its trading relationships. However, we are betting on this organisation just at the moment that its very viability is being called into question. As the floodwaters rise in global trade, the…

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