wrote an article that appeared yesterday on the Briefings for Britain blog (Economy & trade) "Brexiteers be alert again – Whitehall still trying to scupper a real Brexit". "To a casual observer, the UK looks to be on course to leave the EU fully at the end of this year with either no trade deal or a deal of the ‘bare bones’ sort, either of which would deliver on the government’s avowed aim of delivering a genuinely independent trade policy..."
The most worrying of the developments is the announcement of a new agricultural commission to advise on food standards and trade policy. This was set up in the wake of an aggressive and well-funded campaign, led by the NFU, which featured a mass of misleading claims and scare stories about food imports... ...The names of individuals who will sit on this commission have now been announced and it could hardly be worse. There is an almost total absence of genuine expertise in the field of agricultural trade and economies...[edited for typos!] There is more: the Department of International Trade (DIT) and Northern Ireland and, just as Harry mentions in the intro to his piece, taken in isolation these things may slip under the radar but taken together show the final battle is yet to be won.