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Post-Brexit EU trade deals 'extremely difficult': Osborne

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (L) said to the BBC that it would be tough to strike deals with EU countries while also trying to reach new trade agreements with non-EU nationsBritish finance minister George Osborne warned Saturday that the UK would find it “extremely difficult” to conclude trade deals with European Union countries if it quit the bloc. Speaking to the BBC at a meeting of G7 finance ministers in Sendai, Japan, Osborne said it would be tough to strike those deals while also trying to reach new trade agreements with non-EU countries. “It’s absolutely clear if you speak to the finance ministers here from France, Germany and other European countries â that if Britain left the EU, and wanted access to the single market, the access that we need for jobs and investment at home, then we would need to pay into the EU budget and we’d have to accept free movement of people but we’d have no say over those policies at all,” Osborne said.

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