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Brexit Notes: May’s realism or not – customs union – services in WTO
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Brexit Notes: May’s realism or not – customs union – services in WTO

Trade news in the EU in recent days was dominated by the bloc’s trade spat with the United States. In Britain on Friday, everyone was obsessing about Brexit and Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech on what her government wants to achieve for the country’s future relationship with the EU27 – …

Week ahead in EU trade: BITS ruling, Brexit guidelines, steel
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Week ahead in EU trade: BITS ruling, Brexit guidelines, steel

With things suspiciously quiet on both the Mercosur and Mexico trade talk fronts, the biggest news concerning Brussels this week may be coming from Luxembourg, where the Court of Justice rules on the legality of intra-EU bilateral investment treaties. The week’s headlines will most likely be dominated by the looming …

Brexit Notes: Withdrawal nitty-gritty, Japan wants EU FTA rollover
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Brexit Notes: Withdrawal nitty-gritty, Japan wants EU FTA rollover

There’s been a tremendous amount of media hoo-hah about the EU’s proposals on Northern Ireland in the draft Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement terms released today in Brussels. Here some highlights of the 119-page text relevant for trade policy wonks that are less visible in the media. Also, Tokyo explicitly said …

Brexit Notes: More cake – UK transition period demands
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Brexit Notes: More cake – UK transition period demands

The British government released its response to the European Union’s proposal on a transition period post Brexit. The text was part of the discussions held in Brussels on Tuesday.   As widely reported in the press, the UK government is seeking a longer status-quo transition period by which all stays …

Technical briefing: EU Commission offers glimpse of ‘hard’ Brexit
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Technical briefing: EU Commission offers glimpse of ‘hard’ Brexit

Be prepared to run away from Britain, and to run fast. That is, in short, the message the European Commission is sending to non-EU exporters and to UK exporters as part of its ‘Brexit preparedness’ activities with businesses representatives. The commission has been issuing a long list of notices to …

Comment: Brexit transition and FTAs – How it could all work out for Britain
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Comment: Brexit transition and FTAs – How it could all work out for Britain

The EU’s planned sanctions mechanism during the United Kingdom’s transition period out of the EU means the European Court of Justice might ultimately not govern it. Also, Britain’s approach to rolling over EU third-country trade agreements during that period could well prove to work, argues Lorand Bartels.

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