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Unwinding decades of global trade liberalization a recipe for economic turmoil

By Les Whittington      

Trump’s anti-free-trade message mirrors U.K. rhetoric that led to the Brexit vote—and painful uncoupling.

The Trump administration can learn lessons about trade complexities by looking at the struggles of U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May in her post-Brexit negotiations with the European Union, says Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
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OTTAWA—More than a year after Britain voted to leave the European Union, the ruling Conservatives have made almost no progress when it comes to defining a practical, realistic post-Brexit relationship with EU countries. In a speech intended to unlock stalled Brexit negotiations, Prime Minister Theresa May admitted in Florence last week that the United Kingdom would need a two-year extension of its current status within the EU as a transition period once the March 2019 separation date arrives.

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