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Brexit Brief: Big business shut out of future trade talks

Bosses of Britain’s largest businesses have been shut out of a regular meeting with the U.K.’s secretary for international trade, Liam Fox, after details of a previous sit-down leaked to the media.

British business chiefs were told last month in a private meeting with Fox, that the U.K. wouldn’t be able to roll over many of the European Union’s trade deals with non-EU countries in time for Brexit, according to details of the discussions told to the Financial Times at the time.

Fox’s Department of International Trade, which is tasked with negotiating post-Brexit agreements between the U.K. and non-EU countries, subsequently wrote to business leaders to cancel future meetings “because information that was shared in confidence during the previous roundtable made its way into the public domain,” the FT reports.

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