UK publishes Brexit trade rules as deadline for divorce from EU looms

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Britain published more than 1,200 pages of trade rules Saturday as the county’s divorce from the European Union looms next week.

The text of the “Draft EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement” includes rules on trade and the details of joint declarations on nuclear energy and rules on exchanging classified information as instructions on exchanging classified information when Britain formally leaves the European Union’s single market and customs union on December 31.

Britons voted 52 to 48 percent for Brexit in a 2016 referendum.

Michael Gove, a British minister who campaigned alongside Prime Minister Boris Johnson to leave the EU, said the deal would allow the United Kingdom to heal some of the divisions that wracked the country during the Brexit crisis.

“Friendships have been strained, families were divided and our politics has been rancorous and, at times, ugly,” Grove wrote in the Times of London. “We can develop a new pattern of friendly cooperation with the EU, a special relationship if you will, between sovereign equals.”

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