The BBC’s Adam Fleming reported today that the EU’s trade commissioner hasn’t yet started preparing for trade negotiations:
EU Trade Commissioner @MalmstromEU says “presumably” DG Trade will negotiate a post-Brexit Free Trade Agreement with the UK but her department has done no preparatory work because it hasn’t received a mandate from the European Council.
— Adam Fleming (@adamfleming) April 18, 2018
Katya Adler said something similar yesterday:
[T]his is another reason for the rather laid-back atmosphere in Brussels Brexit circles right now – EU insiders think much of the detail and substance governing EU-UK future relations will actually be worked out after the UK leaves the bloc in March next year.
Perhaps the clue to this is in the report by Institute for Government last month on the views of the EU 27:
The Single Market matters more than the UK market to EU27 governments and businesses.
[T]he other member states…
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