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@JamesDelingpole Two issues with your piece.
N°1: you assert, "Britain traded perfectly well for the large chunk of history it has spent outside the EU." This is a spurious argument. The EU didn't exist then. We are going from the best possible trade terms with the EU (SM+CU) to worst (#WTO).
@JamesDelingpole This will not just impact our trade with EU27 + EEA/EFTA4, but also with those countries with trade with via EU FTAs and those countries we trade with on WTO+++ terms, the '+++' furnished by the EU's 759 facilities that improve on #WTO terms.
@JamesDelingpole Only 16% of UK's trade is on WTO terms alone.

You're proposing that we dramatically downgrade 100% of our trade to WTO terms alone, at the stroke of a pen. This is insanity. It has taken decades to reach to position we're in today. No wonder Mogg says 50yrs to recover!
@JamesDelingpole Issue N°2
You say you should've prepped by reading articles by #PatrickMinford or from (.@afneil's) #Spectator before #bbctw.

No, James. The time to do that was before you decided to push the extreme doctrine of #NoDealBrexit (aka #WTOBrexit), a bad policy fraught with risk
@JamesDelingpole @afneil Why on earth are you bothering with anything by #PatrickMinford anyway? Literally every #Brexit study he has done has been found to be full of basic errors & debunked. Of 41 economists, he ranks 41st in terms of accuracy.

More info abt your hero here:
@JamesDelingpole @afneil Essential reading for anybody advocating #NoDealBrexit should include #LeaveHQ's assessment

**spoiler** "an unmitigated disaster, no responsible govt would allow it"

(— Theresa May, "Hold my Beer!)


@JamesDelingpole @afneil You might also want to follow some real-world people involved in trade, who either work at/with the #WTO or have done in the past, and who actually know what they're talking about, as opposed to air-head MPs and other fervent Brexit-believers in your media bubble.
@JamesDelingpole @afneil These experts are neutral. They'll just tell you about trade (but they'll be honest that irrespective of whatever else #Brexit delivers, it is not a trade-optimisation policy).

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