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UK to apply for TPP membership Monday for 'bridge' to Asia

'We're at the front of the queue,' International Trade Secretary Liz Truss says

Liz Truss, the U.K.'s secretary of state for international trade, holds the CPTPP application document. The U.K. will look east for opportunities in its post-Brexit trade environment. (Photo courtesy of the U.K. Department for International Trade)

LONDON -- The U.K. will apply to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday, in a major push to expand and deepen the country's trade links with the Asia-Pacific region after leaving the European Union.

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