“The tectonic plates of the world economy are shifting. With an independent trade policy, Britain can put itself in a strong position to benefit, opening up access to fast-growing markets across the world.” Liam Fox, in The Financial Times, 11 November, 2017
The imperial British vision of free trading Ships at Spithead 1797
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“The very day that the U.K. leaves the European Union, it also leaves all the trade agreements that [the EU has] with third countries.”
Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, in interview with Politico,
12 December, 2017
EU takes over global trade stage: Europe overtakes a Trump-led US as the world’s crucial setter of trade rules and standards.
The international trading system created by the U.S. after the Second World War has a new leader — the European Union. (Politico)
Japan issued a shattering warning to the UK about trading in the aftermath of Brexit, which, along with other good advice has been ignored
or suppressed by the British Government.
In particular, Japan’s Foreign Ministry advised that without EU-like economic and immigration systems in the UK, Japanese businesses would have to relocate.