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.
In a surprising twist the Brexit negotiations threatened to turn into a space war this week, meanwhile the UK alternative backstop idea for solving the Ireland question is finally being rolled out, and many European countries backed the UK government on its actions against Russia.
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