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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.