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Old 14.08.2019, 11:14
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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This is a really first class example of why being a smaller, more agile, independent trading nation has its advantages. As you say, if one of 27 countries isn't happy with any aspect of a trade negotiation, it gets vetoed.
You can pretend all you like, but a small country is always the junior partner in the deal and junior partners do not get to set the terms. In time the UK will get to understand that.

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As for the clause where, if I read that correctly, the EU has to give approval for a trade deal between Canada and the UK, im amazed. In any other line of business that would be way outside whats legally allowed.
There is nothing illegal about it, itís part of the Canadian style deals the EU is doing at present and obviously the other countries think it is worth it. If both parties are going to allow the kind of trade set out under these agreements then they are not going to be happy if a third country gains access to the market via a back door. For instance if Irish farmers were to start importing UK beef via NI and re exporting to Japan via the agreement then Japan would rightly be upset.
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