The Prime Minister wants a transition agreement by March in the hope of averting the Brexit cliff-edge and offering some certainty. But the cliff-edge can only be delayed and uncertainty will continue, argues Joe Owen.
EFTA Court President Carl Baudenbacher has proposed his court as a mechanism for enforcing the UK’s agreements with the EU after Brexit. The EFTA Court is a technically attractive solution, but one with political costs, says Lewis Lloyd.
Of the key issues to be covered in the EU withdrawal agreement, the gritty negotiation is happening on citizens’ rights. The UK is making all the concessions, and they may need to make more before sufficient progress is made, argues Joe Owen.
The Brexit Secretary says that no matter what happens with EU negotiations, “we will have some sort of basic deal”. Alex Stojanovic argues that even the most basic deal will be difficult to agree and disruptive to trade.
The European Council’s endorsement of its pre-prepared conclusions hand the Prime Minister sufficient encouragement to see her through to December. But Jill Rutter argues the next meeting will prove a tougher test.