More than £150bn of UK trade is at risk because of the government’s failure to confirm what will happen to Britain’s participation in the EU’s free trade agreements after Brexit. It is yet a further continuation of the high stakes game Prime Minister Theresa May is playing with our economy. The new Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, told a House of Commons committee last week that he could not guarantee that the UK would still benefit from the free trade agreements the EU has with 70 other countries during any transition period. Yet these countries account for more than 10% of both our exports and imports. These trade deals stretch around the globe, from Trinidad and Tobago, to South Korea and Mauritius, and allow the UK to have a truly global reach. However, this government cannot guarantee that after Brexit day — in less than four months’ time — the UK will continue to enjoy the benefits. We could be left at the diplomatic starting line, 46 years behind where we were as part of th...

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