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Old 11.08.2016, 15:50
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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In other words. It is an exception. Thus the rule has at least one exception.
No, not an exception. The agreement is between the Channel islands and the EU as a block. An agreement between, say, Germany and the Channel Islands would not be allowed.

There are, I believe, a few special arrangements in the treaties that allow some level of special treatment for former colonies. These are clearly stated in the treaties and this does not allow for any additions.

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If it were true that the EU has a monopoly on dealing with external trade negotiations of any type...
FFS, now you're being deliberately obtuse. As you well know I was referring to individual state-to-state general trade agreements. Which are clearly prohibited. Any member state can sell its goods to the Saudi's (or whoever). What they can't do is negotiate an individual general trade agreement. So the UK, for example, legally cannot open separate negotiations with China on a general trade agreement. But they can still sell them as much Cheddar as they can under the EU conditions.
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