About: post-Brexit trade

Brexit 02-07-2020

Post-Brexit trade pact suffers setback as ‘disagreements’ end talks early

The prospects of a post-Brexit EU-UK trade deal being brokered this year suffered a new setback on Thursday (2 July) as the first round of in-person talks since the coronavirus pandemic broke up a day earlier with both sides citing ‘significant disagreements’.
Brexit 29-05-2020

Moving to WTO terms carries major economic health warning for UK

The UK may be moving closer to trading with the EU on World Trade Organisation terms, but that could carry a major additional economic hit as London faces up to the costs of the coronavirus pandemic.
Brexit 20-05-2020

Barnier: Britain not automatically entitled to any trade benefits

The European Union's Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said on Wednesday (20 May) that Britain was not automatically entitled to any benefits that the bloc had previously granted to other partners on trade.
Economy & Jobs 19-05-2020

EU meat and cars will face tariffs in no-deal scenario, warns UK

The UK will slap tariffs on EU meat and cars from January 2021 if a new trade agreement with the bloc is not finalised by the end of the year, Boris Johnson’s government said on Tuesday (19 May).
Brexit 15-05-2020

EU-UK talks on the brink after both sides blame each other for ‘disappointing’ round

Talks on a post-Brexit trade deal between the EU and the UK appear to be on the brink of collapse after the chief negotiators from the two sides blamed each other on Friday (15 May) r for the ‘stalemate’ at the heart of the talks.
Brexit 08-05-2020

UK to blame hard Brexit on COVID-19, warns EU trade chief

The United Kingdom is preparing to walk away from trade talks with the EU and blame the impasse on the coronavirus pandemic, EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said on Thursday (7 May)
Brexit 05-05-2020

As EU negotiations stall, London opens talks on US trade pact

The UK and US on Tuesday (5 May) kicked off the first round of talks on a trade deal which London has made a priority following its exit from the EU. The talks with Washington are set to run alongside post-Brexit trade negotiations with the EU.
Brexit 28-04-2020

Divided and running out of time: Why the EU-UK trade talks have stalled, again

23 June will mark the fourth anniversary of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. But while the UK has officially been out of the bloc since 31 January, the talks on future relations underscore how little has changed in those years.
Brexit 27-04-2020

COVID crisis should ‘concentrate EU minds’ on Brexit deal, says UK minister

The UK minister in charge of post-Brexit trade with the EU insisted on Monday (27 April) that it is “entirely possible” to have a deal by end of December 2020 and that the tight timeline should 'concentrate' minds, brushing aside a recent critical assessment from Brussels.
Brexit 16-04-2020

UK doubles down on Brexit threat, hints WTO terms offer more ‘flexibility’

Boris Johnson’s government doubled-down on Thursday (16 April) on its threat to walk away from the EU Single Market this year if a deal on a successor trade pact cannot be reached. It hinted that trading with the EU on World Trade Organisation terms would give the UK more ‘flexibility’ to manage the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus 17-03-2020

Brexit talks cancelled due to COVID crisis, UK confirms

UK and EU officials on Tuesday (17 March) cancelled the second round of post-Brexit trade talks planned for this week 
Brexit 11-03-2020

Coronavirus set to derail Brexit talks, UK minister admits

The spread of the coronavirus epidemic is set to derail post-Brexit trade talks between London and the EU, UK Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove admitted on Wednesday (11 March).
Brexit 10-03-2020

Britain to table draft UK-EU trade pact, seeking to pressure Brussels

The UK will table its own free trade pact with the EU in a bid to up the ante on Brussels at next week’s second round of negotiations on post-Brexit relations.
Brexit 28-02-2020

Beyond the belligerence, a Brexit deal is closer than it looks

Belligerence is in the air. Talks on future EU-UK relations will kick off next Monday (2 March) with the two sides looking as far apart as ever. There is scope for the gap to be bridged though.
Brexit 27-02-2020

We will walk away if no deal likely in June, Johnson warns EU

The UK has threatened to walk away from Brexit trade talks and head towards WTO trading terms with the EU if a draft deal is not in place in June, according to the mandate published by Boris Johnson's government on Thursday (27 February).
Brexit 18-02-2020

Johnson’s touch of Frost spoils for Brexit battle

Boris Johnson’s government is anxious to make sure that EU leaders understand that the days of compromise under Theresa May are over. On Monday night (17 February), his EU adviser David Frost delivered that message without fear or favour.
Brexit 12-02-2020

MEPs to greenlight UK trade talks, von der Leyen baffled by ‘Australia’ comparison

EU lawmakers are expected to greenlight on Wednesday (12 February) EU plans to open talks on a post-Brexit partnership with the UK but warned that it will come with strings attached.
Brexit 11-02-2020

Belgium ‘not prepared’ for Brexit effects

Amid all the hot-air about the economic effects of Brexit, the impact on other countries is often lost. Belgium is no exception - the UK is Belgium’s fourth-largest trading partner, responsible for 8% of its exports and 5% of its imports.
Brexit 03-02-2020

Gulf exposed on EU-UK trade talks as Johnson rejects EU pre-conditions

Boris Johnson nudged the United Kingdom towards a hard Brexit on Monday, insisting that the UK would not commit to maintaining EU standards on state aid and labour standards in order to strike a new trade deal with Brussels. But he also said London would not seek to "undermine EU standards" or "engage in dumping".
Brexit 30-01-2020

A Brexit trade deal can be done but new cliff-edges await, warns trade expert

The UK may be just hours away from walking through the EU's exit door but, when it comes to trade, the journey is only just about to start.
Brexit 24-01-2020

Rhetoric without detail marks the UK’s scramble for Africa

The long-awaited UK-Africa investment summit, staged just days before London formally leaves the EU on 31 January, left little to be remembered by. In keeping with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s style, the two-day event was long on optimistic rhetoric but decidedly thin on details
Brexit 24-01-2020

Business leaders urge UK to loosen rules on post-Brexit migration

UK business leaders have urged Boris Johnson’s government to loosen its planned rules for post-Brexit migration, notably by dropping the minimum income needed to live and work in the UK.
Brexit 30-12-2019

Johnson takes control but charts a bumpy Brexit course

The UK will leave the EU in January. But the Article 50 process was always supposed to be the easy bit. In 2020 talks will focus on post-Brexit trade relations, with a tight timetable and the threat of no deal.
Agrifood 28-11-2019

UK faced with EU-US biotechnology dilemma post-Brexit

The question of whether the UK will open its doors to GMOs after Brexit has become more pertinent after EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told MEPs on Tuesday (26 November) that in order to secure a trade agreement, the UK would have to agree to maintain a ‘level playing field’ and not undercut EU regulation.
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