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Free trade has lifted mankind to a level of wealth that was recently unimaginable. In 1990, 38 percent of human beings lived in extreme poverty; today, that figure has fallen to 8 per cent, as previously closed African and Asian economies have joined the global market.

Yet, paradoxically, free trade has never been so out of fashion. Across the world, idealistic people march against trade deals, protest G20 summits, occupy stock exchanges, sincerely believing that, in doing so, they are standing up for the poor against multinational corporations – when, in reality, they are doing the opposite.

Politicians naturally respond to public opinion. The last major regional trade deals were ASEAN and NAFTA, agreed in the early 1990s. We need to recapture the moral case for open commerce. Free trade is not simply a way to buy cheaper iPhones. It is the ultimate instrument of poverty alleviation, conflict resolution and social justice.

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Andrew, you seem to have forgotten all about the EU withdrawal act that we spent many happy hours debating?… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

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If you aren't willing to leave the EU without a deal, you aren't really willing to leave the EU at all, except by its permission.

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Happy to confirm I am *not* planning a 2nd referendum with political opponents (or anyone else to anticipate the ne… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

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