It’s not bad that the UK has secured post-Brexit trade deals in Africa; it just doesn’t make much sense

So then, six down and only 753 to go. Theresa May’s announcement that the UK has secured its first “post-Brexit trade deal” with six southern African nations should be, even for the sourest of her critics, good news.

Britain will certainly need such deals. The agreement, such as it is, replicates those nations’ existing trade relationships with the EU, rather than breaking any new ground. It has been…

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