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Post-Brexit trade policies are in danger of becoming an incoherent desperate mess

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Trump's National Security Advisor, John Bolton
Trump's National Security Advisor, John Bolton: seems to be unaware that a "sector by sector" free trade proposal would not be allowed under WTO rules, not that this would bother him much

From the back of the queue, to the front. A change in US President has seemingly made all the difference to Britain’s prospects of winning a post-Brexit trade deal with the US. Ahead of the referendum, President Obama, egged on by a pro-Remain UK Government, insisted that we’d be at the back of the queue. President Trump, and now his National Security Advisor, John Bolton, have promised to put us at the front.

This is potentially a big thing. A free trade deal with the US, it can be argued, might partially substitute for the frictionless trade Britain is about to lose with Europe. The White House’s apparent enthusiasm for a deal could also prove useful in persuading the EU to come back to the...

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