The UK strategy was agreed on Monday by the EU Exit Strategy (XS) committee, which includes new Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, senior cabinet minister Michael Gove and new Attorney General Suella Braverman…reports Asian Lite News
The British government is set to publish its strategy for post-Brexit trade talks on Thursday, as it prepares for formal negotiations with the European Union (EU).
The government’s strategy will be put online and presented in Parliament, said the BBC in a report.
The UK strategy was agreed on Monday by the EU Exit Strategy (XS) committee, which includes new Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, senior cabinet minister Michael Gove and new Attorney General Suella Braverman.
All members of the committee supported Brexit during the 2016 referendum.
The UK officially left the EU on January 31, but is continuing to abide by many of the bloc’s rules while talks on a permanent trading relationship take place.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to get a deal with the EU by the end of the transition period – December 31, 2020 – and has said he was not prepared to extend that deadline.
Negotiations are due to begin in Brussels on March 2.
The UK’s team will be led by Johnson’s Europe adviser David Frost. The chief negotiator of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, Michel Barnier, will head up the EU’s delegation.
Both Frost and Johnson have said in recent weeks they want to seek a Canada-style agreement with zero tariffs from the EU, the BBC reported.
Barnier has rejected such a deal, saying the UK is not like Canada, and its geographical proximity would threaten competition between EU states.
The Council of the European Union (EU) has authorised the EU’s opening of negotiations with the United Kingdom, publishing negotiations directives which constitute a mandate to the European Commission, paving the way for potentially difficult talks after Brexit.
The EU said it wishes to establish an ambitious, wide-ranging and balanced economic partnership with the UK, but the two sides need to iron out many details, media reported.
What exactly London wants in its future relations with Brussels remains to be clearly seen. There are talks in London about a so-called Canada-style trade agreement with zero tariffs. But EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier warned on Tuesday that “The UK will be the EU’s third largest trading partner, almost 10 times bigger than Canada. At the same time Canada is some 5,000 km away. It’s clear that the rules cannot be the same.”
At the heart of the tough negotiations ahead is how closely the UK would like to align itself with the world’s largest trading bloc.
The UK cannot expect high-quality access to the EU single market “if it’s not prepared to accept guarantees that competition remains open and fair, free and fair,” Barnier said, later adding “There must be robust level playing field, safeguards to avoid unfair advantages on social, environmental, tax, and aid state matters.”