UK-EU Trade Negotiations: The Level Playing Field

Luis González García is a trade lawyer at Matrix Chambers. Here he explains what the ‘level playing field’ means and why it is going to seriously complicate the Brexit trade negotiations.  The UK has left the EU. Now negotiators from both sides need to reconcile their diverging interests. The UK wants to have the ability to change its regulations in order to compete in the … Continue reading UK-EU Trade Negotiations: The Level Playing Field

Understanding the EU’s negotiating position on trade in the Brexit negotiations

Luis González García considers the specificity of the EU trade policy to explain the perceived rigidity of the EU negotiators on Brexit. The EU applies two approaches to its trade policy through either integration (strong regulatory alignment and strong market access) or liberalisation (looser arrangements): this explains why an ad hoc model which offers full market access but does not ensure a level playing field cannot … Continue reading Understanding the EU’s negotiating position on trade in the Brexit negotiations