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New thoughts on Fairtrade, free trade and the EU

A peppery discussion erupted in the Telegraph after the Adam Smith Institute took issue with Fairtrade.

When I wrote about Fairtrade, I hoped that it was helping vulnerable African farmers. Having read more, I think I ought to offer a correction and affirm that we believe that free trade, the rule of law, and property rights would really benefit African farmers.

We said exactly that when writing about Adam Smith.

Further we believe that interfering and corrupt EU trade barriers, tariffs, and subsidies have seriously harmed British and Third World farmers. The destruction of British dairy farmers because EU subsidies to French farmers have produced a glut in dairy supplies and prices so low that British farmers cannot compete is an ugly story.

Get rid of the EU.

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