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U.K. Tweaks the Math After Trade Study Shows Pain for Northern Ireland

  • Analysis of Australia deal changed to show positive impact
  • Comes amid growing tensions in N. Ireland over Brexit fallout
Belfast & Larne Ports As U.K. Brexit Split From EU Is Completed
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Faced with the unpalatable conclusion that the U.K.’s free-trade deal with Australia would further harm Brexit-hit Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson’s officials simply changed how they crunch the numbers.

The result is the government’s yet-to-be published analysis of the Australia accord will now show a positive impact, a person familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity.