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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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"Citizens cannot be used as bargaining chips". The UK has given a unilateral guarantee to all EU citizens in the U… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

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Now look at the paper that will emerge later today. Suddenly it appears EU level contingency measures are necessa… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

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Occasionally I get a bad case of graphics envy. This WSJ China trade animated graphic is brilliant - and pretty ter… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

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@tnewtondunn 23 hours ago

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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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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