Forget Brussels, Brexit’s toughest battleground is the WTO

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Series Details 06.10.16
Publication Date 06/10/2016
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Features which highlight the challenges facing the United Kingdom as it seeks to forge a new trading relationship with other countries in the world as it seeks to leave the European Union.

The WTO’s head of accession negotiations Maika Oshikawa said that the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union created an unprecedented situation that could take years to resolve.

In an open letter issued on the 8 October 2016 the leaders of the major UK business organisations, the CBI and manufacturers' body the EEF (plus ICC and techUK) said that 'every credible study that has been conducted has shown that [the] WTO option would do serious and lasting damage to the UK economy and those of our trading partners'.

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