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No need to reinvent the wheel

The UK hasn’t got the resources to create a new model of trade agreement

According to popular belief, the Brexit negotiations are not going well. Eight months after the prime minister called for the official process of leaving the European Union to begin, no meaningful progress has been made. While exchanges of bad humoured comments on the timing of the negotiations and the Brexit Bill make for entertaining media commentary, the UK government has still not defined what sort of trade relationship it seeks with the EU. The government’s plans, if they exist, have not been scrutinised. British companies, citizens and even MPs have been kept, so far, in the dark. It is unclear whether there would be a transition period of a maximum of two years, a shorter transition period or no transition at all.

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In Prospect’s January 2018 issue: Five writers attempt to plot the impending advances in shopping, politics, sex, food and computing through 2018. James Plunkett looks at shopping and explains how personalised prices will hand even more power to the big companies; Theo Bertram outlines why political volatility is here to stay and what it means for us; Kate Devlin argues that sex robots are only a part of the impending sexual revolution; Stephanie Boland outlines why we’ll all end up eating lab grown food; and Jay Elwes explains the next steps in our computing quantum leap. Elsewhere in the issue: Dani Rodrik uncovers the truth behind the great globalisation lie—there were always going to be losers, Iona Craig delves into the war in Yemen—the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, Chris Tilbury explains why Britain urgently needs a plan for its failing prisons