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Brexit may be a done deal but malign forces that created it haven't gone away you know

John Bruton


Instead of building alliances with other EU member states, the United Kingdom will find itself increasingly isolated

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Agreement: Prime Minister Boris Johnson with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

Agreement: Prime Minister Boris Johnson with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

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Agreement: Prime Minister Boris Johnson with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

The Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the EU and the UK is an exercise in damage limitation. The UK will face numerous obstacles because of its decision to leave the EU, including leaving the customs union and single market. But it was in nobody's interest to add to these obstacles. That was the spirit in which the EU approached the negotiation.

The Agreement may run to 1,256 pages, but it boils down to some fairly simple and sensible ideas. While no longer a member of the EU, the UK still wants to do business with the EU and the EU members want to do business with it.

So, for the future, there needs to be a system for ensuring that there are no surprises, or unfair trading, that would disrupt mutually beneficial business. That is essentially what the Agreement is all about.


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