Article 24 of the WTO treaty.

Still not getting the point. We were the big boy on the block, we did what we wanted for our own ends. If you're going to war to sell your drugs you're not a champion of much other than your own empire.
The only reason we were the big boys was because we practiced free trade. Opening the UK up to free trade pushed down input prices and turned the UK into the world’s first consumer economy. It fuelled industrial growth and created wealth much of which was invested offshore (and not just into the Empire). Free trade was highly damaging to the agricultural sector, but it pushed down food prices and drove mechanisation and consolidation.

Compare and contrast with many European countries which never embraced free trade. And still need massive subsidies for their agricultural systems.

There is no place for tariffs in trade. They reduce economic activity, push up prices and squeeze demand.
 
Sure about that?
Prove me wrong. Try researching the Tariff Reform Group and see how they did politically.

Britain was built in free trade. No other country has a similar record. The big loser in Brexit is the inward looking, protectionist EU that is about to loose free access to the sixth biggest economy in the world.
 
Prove me wrong. Try researching the Tariff Reform Group and see how they did politically.

Britain was built in free trade. No other country has a similar record. The big loser in Brexit is the inward looking, protectionist EU that is about to loose free access to the sixth biggest economy in the world.
There was an Economic War between GB and the Éire, from 1932 and 1938.

When Éire decided that we were paying land annuities any more, GB imposed tarriffs on Irish agricultural products of 20%
 
There was an Economic War between GB and the Éire, from 1932 and 1938.

When Éire decided that we were paying land annuities any more, GB imposed tarriffs on Irish agricultural products of 20%
In which the Irish Government imposed import duties on British goods and then refused to pay land annuities defined in the 1921 treaty. The tariffs were retaliatory and, if I’m not mistaken, were the only time the UK ever applied retaliatory tariffs.

So an utterly irrelevant agrarian economy lost tariff free access to its largest export market and thus onwards in to the Empire. Who won there?
 
In which the Irish Government imposed import duties on British goods and then refused to pay land annuities defined in the 1921 treaty. The tariffs were retaliatory and, if I’m not mistaken, were the only time the UK ever applied retaliatory tariffs.
Absolutely but this statement is therefore incorrect (retaliation or not)

There were no tariffs, duties, restrictions or quotas applied to anything imported to the UK irrespective of where they came from. That was the case from 1846 until Britain joined the EU and imposed tariffs on non-EU goods.
 

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We don’t have to do a damn thing.
EU wants a border? It’s you that has to build it and Police it.

.....that’s if you can find any police and customs officers not up to their necks in the current cross border smuggling rackets.
Perhaps we should build a wall and get the Mexicans to pay for it?
 
There was an Economic War between GB and the Éire, from 1932 and 1938.

When Éire decided that we were paying land annuities any more, GB imposed tarriffs on Irish agricultural products of 20%
I had thought you would be referring to this:
British Empire Economic Conference - Wikipedia
The British Empire Economic Conference (also known as the Imperial Economic Conference or Ottawa Conference) was a 1932 conference of British colonies and the autonomous dominions held to discuss the Great Depression. It was held between 21 July and 20 August in Ottawa.

The conference saw the group admit the failure of the gold standard and abandon attempts to return to it. The meeting also worked to establish a zone of limited tariffs within the British Empire, but with high tariffs with the rest of the world. This was called "Imperial preference" or "Empire Free-Trade" on the principle of "home producers first, empire producers second, and foreign producers last".
 

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