08 December 2017

The Prime Minister’s early morning dash to Brussels has resulted in a European Commission recommendation of "sufficient progress". Jill Rutter looks at what this means for future talks.

01 November 2017

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.

01 September 2017

Mutual recognition is unlikely to prove the magic bullet that allows the government to avoid the choice between domestic freedom on regulation and friction-free access to the single market, argues Alex Stojanovic.

29 August 2017

The shape of a Brexit transition deal the UK might seek is becoming a bit clearer, but Jill Rutter says there is still a question mark over whether one is on offer.

04 August 2017

The sequencing of talks was supposed to be the Brexit “row of the summer” with the EU. But Joe Owen says that the real wrangling is a UK internal debate over whether and what sort of transition we want.

26 July 2017

The latest public ministerial row over regulatory standards in a potential (but far off) trade deal with the US. While the issue of chlorine-washed chicken might be entertaining for the media, Jill Rutter argues this underlines the UK’s desperate need for better trade negotiation processes.

21 July 2017

Liam Fox suggested that a UK-EU trade agreement should be the “easiest in history" to negotiate. He is right about the starting point – but he should not assume it’s a slam dunk, argues Jill Rutter. 

13 July 2017

The NAO report into an HMRC customs programme highlights some of the challenges of implementing Brexit. Joe Owen agrees that to prepare the UK borders for ‘day one’, government must overcome significant delivery challenges.

07 July 2017

Jill Rutter explains how yesterday’s two announcements from the European Union have turned up the heat on UK negotiators by underlining the risks the UK faces in leaving – and the potential benefits it may be forgoing.

05 July 2017

As politicians debate what sort of Brexit we want, Alex Stojanovic says there is still a lot of confusion on the key concepts of a customs union.

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