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Celebrating the Repeal of the Corn Laws

One week from today – June 25th – is the 175th anniversary of the repeal of the corn laws. On June 25th, 1846, the Duke of Wellington persuaded the House of Lords to join the House of Commons in repealing Britain’s protective tariffs on grain imports. This move was a major step on Britain’s road to a policy of unilateral free trade.

To commemorate this historic event, I spoke last month about the corn laws, their repeal, and the repeal’s legacy with historian Steve Davies and with economists Doug Irwin and Arvind Panagariya.


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