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A Free Trade Agreement alone will not sustain the UK-EU economic relationship

The extent of alignment is the real key

By David Henig  

EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier. Photo: Philipp von Ditfurth/DPA/PA Images

The immediate direction of travel for UK-EU trade relations is now clear. Both the EU and UK have set out their positions for a Free Trade Agreement between the parties, aiming essentially to maintain tariff-free trade. For the EU, this needs to come at the price of strict level playing field conditions on things like workers’ and environmental rights, to ensure competition is fair. For the UK, these conditions are unnecessary. That’s an argument likely to be at…

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