Government to unveil post-Brexit commerce talks targets

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Image caption Boris Johnson has pledged to get a commerce take care of the EU by the tip of the 12 months

The authorities will publish its technique for post-Brexit commerce talks later, because it prepares for formal negotiations with the EU to start.

Brussels has already set out what it needs from the talks – tariff-free commerce however conserving EU rules on state help, employees rights and different points.

The plan obtained a cool reception from No 10, with the PM saying he’s ready to stroll away and not using a deal.

The authorities’s technique shall be put on-line and introduced in Parliament.

The UK formally left the EU on the finish of January, however is constant to abide by many EU rules whereas talks on a everlasting buying and selling relationship happen.

Boris Johnson has pledged to get a take care of the EU by the tip of the so-called transition interval – 31 December 2020 – and has mentioned he’s not ready to increase that deadline.

But critics say leaving with out an settlement and going to World Trade Organisation rules – the phrases international locations use to set tariffs (taxes) on items when they don’t have free-trade offers – may injury the economic system.

Negotiations are attributable to begin in Brussels on 2 March.

‘Smooth course of’

The UK’s group shall be led by Mr Johnson’s Europe adviser David Frost. The chief negotiator of the Brexit withdrawal settlement, Michel Barnier, will head up the EU’s delegation.

Both Mr Frost and the prime minister have mentioned in current weeks they wish to search a Canada-style settlement with zero tariffs from the EU.

Mr Barnier has rejected such a deal, saying the UK is just not like Canada, and its geographical proximity would threaten competitors between EU states.

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Image caption David Frost (l) and Michel Barnier (r) will lead the negotiating groups

The UK technique was agreed on Monday by the EU Exit Strategy (XS) committee, which incorporates new Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, senior cupboard minister Michael Gove and new Attorney General Suella Braverman.

All members of the committee supported Brexit throughout the 2016 referendum.

Following Monday’s assembly, the prime minister’s spokesman mentioned agreeing the UK’s plan was a “very smooth process”.

‘Demanding negotiations’

The EU’s 46-page negotiating doc, printed on Monday, mentioned the “envisaged agreement should uphold common high standards, and corresponding high standards over time with Union standards as a reference point”.

It mentioned it ought to apply “in the areas of state aid, competition, state-owned enterprises, social and employment standards, environmental standards, climate change, relevant tax matters and other regulatory measures and practices in these areas”.

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After the doc was launched, Mr Barnier warned the EU wouldn’t agree a deal “at any price”, saying there could be “complex, demanding negotiations” over a restricted time period.

He added: “A short time, as chosen by the British government, not by us. In a very brief period, you can’t do everything. We will do as much as we can under pressure of time.”

BBC Brussels correspondent Adam Fleming mentioned the EU doc was “the roadmap for all the rows we’re going to have over the next few months”.

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