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UK trade department faces race to get £80bn of trade agreements ratified

Deals to ensure UK can go on trading with non-EU countries after Brexit transition must be laid before parliament by Wednesday

Liz Truss’s Department for International Trade is scrambling to meet a Wednesday deadline for tabling £80bn of trade agreements before parliament, in time for them to come into force in January.

Truss’s department has signed a string of “continuity agreements” to ensure the UK can go on trading with non-EU countries on similar terms, when the Brexit transition period comes to an end on 31 December.

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