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The European Union is much more than just a trade bloc. But it is a trade bloc, and it’s adjacent to the UK. There is a land border in Ireland, which means that after Brexit you will be able to walk from Northern Ireland into the EU. Getting into the EU across the English channel will be more tricky, but if you are particularly strong and fit and you choose the shortest route, you can swim it.

Reaching the Pacific is another matter. But that hasn’t stopped a trade minister,, floating the idea that Britain could join the trans-Pacific partnership (TPP) trade bloc after Brexit. It is for countries bordering the Pacific and its current members are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. (The US pulled out after the election of President Trump.) “With these kind of plurilateral relationships, there doesn’t have to be any geographical restriction,”


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