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Old 05.02.2020, 11:54
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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Parallel trade talks are a good idea in principle but Britain simply does not have enough people to do this, simply trying to handle two negotiations with the EU and US will be a big strain. Britain has not handled any trade negotiations for the past 40 years while the EU did this so Britain has no experienced people.
You are correct, however this is merely the result of having someone else being responsible for trade talks. Another problem that the UK will have to overcome is attracting talent to the civil service to fill the numbers as the pay is so poor. Nevertheless, I fully support the strategy being adopted. Focusing all resources on getting a deal out of the EU where the early indications are not looking good makes it all the more sensible to start work elsewhere. There is also the added advantage that this may help focus EU minds. Not least when trade talks begin with the US, whilst I think even the most optimistic of people don't believe a trade deal can be struck before the Presidential elections (which is what the US have said is their aim), there are a number of micro deals that can be done, which don't require the approval of US congress and which may also put pressure on the EU.
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