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Week ahead in EU trade: Indonesia, Mercosur, Brexit, ‘conflict’ minerals, Vietnam
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Week ahead in EU trade: Indonesia, Mercosur, Brexit, ‘conflict’ minerals, Vietnam

It’s going to be a packed week in Brussels, with everything from continuing trade talks with Mercosur and Indonesia and a new round of Brexit negotiations. And the European Parliament’s trade committee will also have a couple of busy days this week.   EU, Indonesia to exchange tariff offers   …

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 …

Brexit transition: EU won’t stop UK from talking to other trading partners
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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: Western Sahara fish, agriculture promotion, blockchain
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A week in Brussels: Western Sahara fish, agriculture promotion, blockchain

This week was relatively calm in the Brussels policy world. The entire European Commission team flew to Sofia feting Bulgaria as it took over the EU presidency for the next six months, lavishing praise and money on the bloc’s poorest country. Technocrat trade negotiators are far away in Mexico trying to hammer …