Another week where both everything and nothing has seemed to change in the Brexit talks. The noise around the negotiations, both inside the UK and between the UK & the EU, remains deafening but often it is not clear if anything has really happened.
Brussels was relatively quiet this week, mainly because the May 1st Bank holiday fell on Tuesday, which meant that the city didn’t really get going until Wednesday, when the EU and UK negotiating teams met for the latest technical talks.
Earlier this week, the EU and Mexico announced that after almost two years of negotiations, an agreement on a wide-ranging upgrade to their existing trade deal had been reached, effectively upgrading it from a first generation to a new generation agreement.
More discussion of the customs union, even as both sides move towards the future trade relationship talks, and Brussels agrees new trade deals with Japan and Mexico, it was another busy week in Europe and for the Brexit negotiations.
Dan has welcomed the announcement of an updated EU-Mexico free trade agreement as setting a good precedent for a future UK-Mexico trade deal, as well as being a boost for UK exporters in the short term.