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If you follow the links you very quickly get into the weeds of how quotas and tariffs are calculated and allocated to different countries/suppliers and the whole system seems very complex and, in parts, opaque. What Fox appears to be saying is that the UK will be looking for a proportionate share of current EU quotas but precisely how that proportionality is calculated is anything but straight forward and open to disagreement and negotiation and may even re-open the can of worms of how they were arrived at in the first place with new countries/suppliers trying to get in on the act and making agreement very difficult.

Who'd have thunk free trade could be so complicated?

Nigel Farage, who likes to extol the wonderful free trade opportunities awaiting the UK outside the EU, and who also likes to accuse fellow parliamentarians of "never having done a days real work in their lives" has probably never read a trade agreement, never mind negotiated one. They are hideously complex...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jan 8th, 2017 at 12:21:06 AM EST
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The thing about "free" trade is that it always was just a PR term with very little about it being free. And lately the "trade" part has also earned scare quotes.
Turns out there are problems that PR can't solve.
by generic on Mon Jan 9th, 2017 at 07:36:36 AM EST
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and this is just one form of trade, will be the same for evry other item, and some will depend on others, "if you get an increase quota of lamb then we need this part of your quota on Mangos, but country Y will want you to do this deal on machine tools if you do this deal on mangos" and round and round we go taking extra time

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jan 10th, 2017 at 02:09:56 PM EST
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