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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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Darren Grimes

@darrengrimes_ 23 hours ago

Incredibly important from @DanielJHannan on the Customs Union: I backed Chequers but can’t support this... Brussels… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

John Alty

@JohnAlty1 yesterday

Yes we’ll be using this with the new recruits @tradegovuk to demonstrate the value of #freetrade twitter.com/csgmoore/statu…

Daniel Hannan

@DanielJHannan yesterday

A clever, catchy video. I'd especially recommend it to all mercantilists, protectionists, Eurocrats and Trumpsters.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Simon Lester

@snlester 2 days ago

"Bananas Ooh nah nah Let's put some tariffs on bananas Ooh nah nah They should be grown in East Atlanta Nah nah nah… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Greg Hands

@GregHands 3 days ago

For a start, an EU Customs Union means: 1. No UK trade policy & no trade agreements where UK automatically benefits… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Dmitry Grozoubinski

@DmitryOpines 4 days ago

3/ In both AUSFTA and KORUS, the Sanitary Phytosanitary (SPS) chapters which cover health regulations are minimal a… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

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