Af­ter Brexit the UK will lose more than 750 in­ter­na­tional ar­range­ments

The New European - - Agenda -

Brex­i­teers aren’t big on de­tail – as we’ve learned in re­cent months, when we found out cabi­net min­is­ters didn’t even read the head­lines of the back­stop deals they’d agreed. The re­sult is a dis­as­ter, as this graphic – the re­sult of painstak­ing re­search by the Fi­nan­cial Times – shows. Through the EU, the UK has ac­cess to more than 700 deals on trade, reg­u­la­tions, agri­cul­ture stan­dards, fish­ery poli­cies and even nu­clear pol­icy.

These are deals with third coun­tries that we’re set to lose. Some will be sim­ple to trans­fer, but none is au­to­matic – and some will be very com­plex in­deed. Any time any­one tells you Brexit can be sim­ple, or we don’t need a tran­si­tion: ask them about this chart.

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