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New Zealand accomplishes what the EU can't

Many British-made items would be in far greater demand overseas if they were not overpriced by tariffs.

One of our many objections to the European Union is that it inhibits free trade. We are constantly told that we have more negotiating clout as part of the EU, but little New Zealand, composed of only four million souls, most of British descent, has managed to achieve a comprehensive free trade agreement, the first such pact to be negotiated between China and a developed country.

This is something that Mr Mandelson and his legions of bureaucrats have not been able to achieve. Once again, it is hard to see what benefit we are gaining from this suprastate that consumes so much of our tax money.

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