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Sell up when independence goes, not before (5)

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I believe the answer is:

later

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'before' is the definition.
Both the answer and definition are adverbs. Perhaps they are linked in a way I don't understand?

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for later that I've seen before include "Alter (anag.)", "In due course", "behind schedule", "At some further point in time", "At a time in the future", "Alert (anag.)", "Subsequent", "Subsequently", "Afterwards" and "subsequently".)

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