UK-EU negotiations

Brexit transition: Just how rigid is the commission on EU jurisdiction?
Brexit & UK trade UK-EU negotiations

Brexit transition: Just how rigid is the commission on EU jurisdiction?

The UK and the EU are finalising a new round of negotiations towards a withdrawal agreement and a transition period this week. The UK commentariat was up in arms against Brussels’ perceived rigidity and against ‘punishment’ provisions included in its transition-related proposals. But signs suggest the EU is probably not …

Brexit transition: EU won’t stop UK from talking to other trading partners
Brexit & UK trade CETA Japan UK WTO & 3rd countries UK-EU negotiations

Brexit transition: EU won’t stop UK from talking to other trading partners

  The United Kingdom won’t be blocked from negotiating or renegotiating international trade agreements with third countries during the Brexit transition period, as long as it doesn’t start applying them before the end of that period, EU member states clarified today.   Although doing so is the British government’s formal …

A week in Brussels: Brexit Phase 2, China subsidies, net neutrality, robust trade
A week in Brussels Brexit & UK trade Digital Trade defence UK-EU negotiations

A week in Brussels: Brexit Phase 2, China subsidies, net neutrality, robust trade

It’s been an intense week again for EU trade. While trade agreements with far away countries like those in the Mercosur bloc have taken a hit, the trade focus is now clearly shifting closer to home, namely to Brexit.   Brexit: Habemus Phase II   It was widely expected. Member …

A week in Brussels: Japan, Brexit compromise, WTO, Mercosur
A week in Brussels Brexit & UK trade EU FTAs & bilateral ties Japan Mercosur Trade defence UK-EU negotiations WTO & Plurilaterals

A week in Brussels: Japan, Brexit compromise, WTO, Mercosur

It’s been an eventful week in Brussels.   EU-Japan FTA – on track   The EU and Japan finalised their free trade agreement negotiations this morning. The full text of the deal will be available in a few days.   These FTA negotiations were politically concluded this summer. Negotiators worked …

Modalities of Brexit transition come into focus as businesses take unilateral decisions
Brexit & UK trade UK-EU negotiations

Modalities of Brexit transition come into focus as businesses take unilateral decisions

The current focus in policy discussions related to Brexit on both sides of the Channel is on a possible transition period to avoid an economically abrupt and damaging ‘cliff edge’. Economic players deplore a gap between the timeframes imposed by their business imperatives and the realities of the negotiations, including …