The tangled relationship between London banks and the EU is hard to fix in a trade bargain, and the conflict could rage Tories

One of the many contradictions in Boris Johnson’s election prospectus is the plan to sign a free trade agreement with the EU by December 2020 and at the same time break free, by his own definition, of EU control.

It’s a contradiction that has, among other things, stimulation Nigel Farage to threaten to field 600 nominees in the legislative elections. Farage rightly says that the only way Johnson can sign a deal within a year is if he maintains the current alignment with the EU and all its rules. And if this is his plan, any fortune of blithely signing free trade deals with other countries is sunk.

Europe might not sing with one voice. Yet that is likely to make for even slower progress on UK trade talks than otherwise

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