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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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The UK has plenty of deals with places like the Channel Islands etc. A lot of them concerning trade.

France has plenty of deals with DOM / TOMs and former colonies. Ditto. Back in the 1990s there was even a spat between Germany and France because France was importing bananas from former colonies at advantageous rates.

The Netherlands with the ABCs etc.

And define non compliant. When Spain landed a deal to build high speed trains for Saudi, why did the Spanish king go over to play golf with his Saudi counter part? Wouldn't that have been Junker's job or some other EU commissioner? So it seems to me that not all authority on deals has been centralized.
The UK relationships with the channel islands are within EU law "The formal relationship between the Channel Islands and the EU is enshrined in Protocol 3 of the UK’s 1972 Accession Treaty, and confirmed in what is now Article 355 (5) (c) of the EU Treaties."

There is no UK free trade agreement with the Channel Islands because they are considered to be part of the EU for trade.

"France was importing bananas from former colonies at advantageous rates." This was not a French trade agreement with former colonies; this was the so called "EU banana import regime" which is part of an EU policy to give preferential trade treatment to former colonies of all EU countries.
Germany did object but not to France rather to the EU but did not veto the policy.

"Spain landed a deal to build high speed trains.." You do not seem to understand what a free trade agreement (FTA) is!
Essentially, FTAs are designed to reduce the barriers to trade between two or more countries, which are in place to help protect local markets and industries.
Trade barriers typically come in the form of tariffs and trade quotas plus often compliance and certification to local technical standards.

It is not a deal where a Govt. places an order with a company in another country for goods or services.

So you do not have any examples of EU countries forming FTAs with non-EU countries?
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