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Theresa May can't afford a Trumpian stance on trade

Matt Dunham/AP

Prime Minister Theresa May's white paper on Brexit negotiations stresses the importance of trade, which has risen to about 60% of British GDP in recent years.

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Data: World Bank; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

Why it matters: Theresa May may struggle to keep borders open to trade, but as closed to immigration as her base demands. The United States, on the other hand, is a much more closed economy. where most economic activity occurs intra-nationally. Trump has a little more wiggle room to play hardball.