Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
You forget that the negotiations, such as they were, were a showpiece for domestic consumption.
Headlines about protecting fish (a miniscule part of the UK economy) were headlined to demonstrate the Tory's concerns for the common worker folk.
As you note, only 20% of the economy is about trade in goods. But it plays well in the public consciousness. People are largely ignorant about what happens in the City and politicians are careful not to disturb that ignorance.
However, they are also aware that, despite your disdain, the EU is clmaping down on the dubious practices on which the City bases most of its trade and so there is little point in having a deal which incorporates them. On this the City really is a global player and the dirty money will continue to flow, EU or not.
And that is the goal, after all. Global Britain is The City. Full stop. Period.
A more vigilant EU will not really interrupt that trade. But a more vigilant US? Now that would be a different thing.  

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Jan 2nd, 2021 at 08:10:08 PM EST

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