Why the EU will have to start talking about trade soon
In a blog that originally appeared on CapX, Open Europe’s Pieter Cleppe argues that the EU has already visibly softened its position in Brexit negotiations, but that the success of talks depends on looking at future UK-EU relations as well as withdrawal issues.
Naturally, the more market access the UK government secures, the higher the figure of the financial settlement it could get away with when facing UK voters. Of course we can’t be sure, but as the prospect of losing EU funds draws closer, member states dependent on EU funds have an incentive to push for moving to trade talks as soon as possible.
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