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Trump’s war on the WTO is just like Brexiteers’ war on the EU

The driving belief is that any restriction on the nation state is wrong

By Ian Dunt  

US President Donald Trump. Photo: Sipa USA/SIPA USA/PA Images

The World Trade Organisation has served as a dreamy utopia for Brexit supporters in recent years. It’s talked about like a free market paradise, beckoning us to our post-European Union life when we will be free from the suffocating restrictions of Brussels.

But look across the Atlantic and it’s a different story. There, it is the WTO which supposedly suffocates trade and intrudes on national freedom. Donald Trump uses the same rhetoric Brexiters have adopted against the EU about…

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