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UK demands secrecy in Brexit trade talks with US

The British Government has reportedly demanded total secrecy in its free trade talks with the US for a post-Brexit deal, in an exclusive story from The Independent newspaper.

Liam Fox’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has reportedly opened preliminary discussions with a team of American officials. Both sides have agreed that their talks will be classified as either “sensitive” or “confidential”, and information will be shared only among approved individuals.

Nothing can be released for four years after talks are concluded, unless both sides waive the secrecy rule, according to documents seen by The Independent newspaper. The approach will prove controversial for parliamentary scrutiny of British-American trade talks, as well as in policy areas such as food safety standards and animal welfare.

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