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UK and Japan race to reach free trade agreement

Deal would put spotlight on viability of "Global Britain"

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U.K. trade secretary Liz Truss, right, meets with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, left, in London on Aug. 6: the prospects for a deal look reasonable. (Handout photo from Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Lionel Barber is former editor of the Financial Times and chairman of the Tate art galleries.

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