Lack Of UK Trade Staff Muddies Post-Brexit Waters

By Alex Lawson (July 29, 2016, 7:11 PM EDT) -- Ranking high among the litany of challenges plaguing the United Kingdom as it prepares to exit the European Union is its considerable lack of trade negotiators and other critical personnel, a problem that experts stressed will need to be tackled immediately to craft meaningful new trade policy.

The EU maintains sole control over trade negotiations for its member states, and national governments have seen their influence on trade in Brussels sharply curtailed over the last several decades. This leaves the U.K. in a vulnerable position as it aims to prop its own newly sovereign trade regime, according to Perkins Coie LLP...

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