Today in a leaked UK Government memo it says the UK Tory Party has split 4 times in last 200 years over global trade. When were these 4 splits and over what?

Here is the Reuters link to the memo itself.

I can definitely think of one split over trade, the Corn Laws. I was wondering what the other 3 were. I suppose today's Tory party is split over the EU so that must be a second. Anyone else got the other two?

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One case in point is the Tariff Reform League of Joe Chamberlain:

Tariff Reform split the MPs of the Conservative Party and their government coalition allies in the Liberal Unionist Party and was the major factor in its landslide defeat in 1906 to the Liberals who advocated Free Trade.

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