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Spot on. To be absolutely clear, the WTO is run by its member governments. They negotiate the rules and monitor whether the rules are respected. The Secretariat's role is exactly that, secretarial, supporting members' work in the councils and committees

Perhaps this week is a good time to retweet my @ChathamHouse @CH_Events presentation on the WTO and Brexit, in case anyone finds it useful. 30 mins presentation, 30 mins Q&A. #GoWTO? Not what people think.

Or if you prefer to read, here's a piece on the WTO and democracy…
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A good Brexit deal is within grasp but MPs risk throwing that away in hope that by leaving with no deal, we might be able to improve our position

That's a HUGE brave gamble

It's time we took some deep breaths & went back to look at what's actually on the table

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Theresa May's Brexit deal remains the only actual deal on table

"Managed No Deal" or the Malthouse Compromise or whatever else are just ideas - not anything the EU has agreed to or shown any real interest in

I am yet to meet a single EU or European figure saying otherwise

Our entire public narrative of the deal was shaped by the resignation of key ministers - above all @DominicRaab

I understand why Raab resigned

Theresa May cut him out of negotiations & did give him chance to push for the backstop exit mechanism he believed he could secure

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Feeling dejected about #Brexit? Well don't!

The UK still holds all the cards. They just need to be played correctly.

A short #Thread from Leave colleagues from the far south to the distant north of our wonderful island. With thanks to @ScotsForLeaveEU

1/ The EU & Irish govt have said that there will be no hard border with NI in the event of “no deal” at UK exit. But this means that the EU has also accepted that the EU is bound to do a ‘zero-for-zero’ deal with no tariff barriers with the UK.
2/ The border is frictionless & invisible, no checkpoints or other facilities at the border with the NI (& thus the UK). Tariffs are paid electronically, just as VAT & Excise are paid now; animal checks are done away from the physical border at approved facilities; & sanitary...
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