31AUG18: Populists vs free trade

Italy’s Matteo Salvini and Hungary’s Viktor Orban are having ongoing talks about a new “League of Leagues” that coordinates nationalists across the EU. The top policy item for such a group would be immigration and how to stem it. However, a joint approach on tactics in the European Parliament would also impact everything from signing off budgets to signing off trade deals – including any prospective one between the EU and UK. A full UK-EU FTA is barely a glimmer in the eye of the Chequers White Paper, so what European nationalists do after next year’s EU Parliamentary elections will have a real impact on the UK’s future economic ties with Brussels.

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