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British trade minister says Brexit is not the only reason for GDP slowdown

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox arrives in Downing Street in London, Britain January 29, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

BERN (Reuters) – Britain’s economic slowdown should not be blamed entirely on Brexit, British Trade Minister Liam Fox said on Monday after data showed the economy last year grew at its slowest since 2012.

“Clearly there are those who believe that Brexit is the only economic factor applying to the UK economy. I think you’ll find that the predicted slowdown in a number of European economies is not disconnected from the slowdown, for example, in China,” Fox told a news conference in the Swiss capital.

Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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