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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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Big moment: No10 announces Cabinet has agreed “to implement our no deal plans in full”. Businesses should also do s… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

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A particularly good episode. 👇 twitter.com/Trade__Talks/s…

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OK, Customs Unionists and Norway Plussers, I'm going to ask one more time. Has any of you got a credible answer to… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

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Who wants to be a Turkey this Christmas? Lessons from a customs union. 🇹🇷🇪🇺 ifreetrade.org/article/who_wa…

Justin Amash

@justinamash 17 hours ago

My fellow Republicans used to oppose bailouts. Now, they euphemistically call them “market facilitation payments.”… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

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