World trade chief vows to ease pain of EU deal

The head of the World Trade Organisation has pledged to prevent Britain suffering “disruption” after it leaves the European Union.

Roberto Azevedo, director-general of the body that oversees global trade and tariffs, said that he would work to make the transition “fast and smooth”.

His comments will reassure the government as it gears up to negotiate its separation from Brussels.

Britain is a member of the WTO in its own right, having been a founder in 1948 of its predecessor, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

There has been concern that progress in striking trade deals could be mired…

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