Brexit Is a Test of De-Globalization in a World of Covid-19

The impending economic divorce between the U.K. and the European Union has become an experiment in rapid de-globalization against the background of a global pandemic.

Britain officially left the world’s largest trading bloc in January, but the country remains in the EU’s customs area and single market until the end of the year, allowing time for trade talks. On Monday, British and European Union negotiators will begin stepping up attempts to secure an unusual kind of deal: one putting up new barriers to commerce.

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