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These charts show why Brexit free trade deals will be so difficult

Liam Fox, the Brexiteer and UK international trade secretary, gave a speech on Wednesday which offered an impassioned defence of free trade. He said that, although the principles of free trade have remained the same for centuries, "the trading environment has changed beyond recognition." Technological advances are "dissolving away the barriers of time and distance," he said, and we are entering a "post-geography trading world" where "we are much less restricted in having to find partners who are physically close to us.
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