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

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I suspect Michel Barnier will end up eating these words. Of course the UK will end up getting offered a bespoke deal, it's ridiculous to suggest that there's only two off the shelf options available, neither of which are very suitable for the UK's largely service based economy. This is posturing and nothing more.

It's always telling when Barnier says one thing and member states say something else. The second biggest issue the UK will have to face in these negotiations behind the chaos going on in Westminster will be that the EU will be more politically than pragmatically driven when setting out their positions. Another good reason the UK left.
Offering only two off the shelf options is pragmatic, not posturing, since the UK wants a quick deal so as not to leave the EU without a deal in place.

Obviously a bespoke deal which covers the UK services is the best option but how many years will that take? Especially as the UK has not negotiated a free trade agreement for 40 years and probably also does not have a team of experienced trade negotiators.
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