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Brexit Briefing No.30 – Too much talk?

This week has seen a lull in high-level Brexit talks between the UK and the EU, although technical negotiations took place on the withdrawal agreement behind the scenes.

Brexit Briefing No.29 - Trade-offs

The last few days have seen some significant developments. The UK Prime Minister Theresa May set out a comprehensive plan for a new UK/EU relationship, to which the EU gave an initial response. The opening salvos of a potential new US/EU trade war were fired.

Brexit Briefing No.27 – Detente on Defence and beyond?

We are less than a month away from the original deadline for the UK and the EU to seal the agreement on the transition period which will govern relations immediately after the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 & before the future trade agreement comes into force.

Brexit Briefing No.26 - Cultural Differences

The last few days have shown that, as reported in earlier Brexit Briefings, the transition period is far from a done deal, many compromises need to be agreed by both sides, and quite simply, it has never been done before, so it creates logistical and legal challenges for both sides.

Brexit Briefing No.25 - A Game of Cat and Mouse

Michel Barnier and David Davis met for the first time in person this year as the EU chief Negotiator visited London on Monday, itself an unusual occurrence as he has generally remained on the other side of the channel throughout the negotiations.

Brexit Briefing No.24 - Transitioning

This was the week when both sides firmed up their positions ahead of the negotiations on the second phase of the Brexit talks - the transition period which will govern the UK-EU relationship from March 2019 for a minimum of 2 years and possibly for a little longer.