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There's an opinion piece on the Guardian by Miriam González Durántez, a former EU trade negotiator and, yes, Nick Clegg's wife, about a the Legatum Institute, a thinktank that is advising the UK government on Brexit negotiations despite a lack of EU-related expertise:
Unlike thinktanks like the Center for European Reform which knows more about the EU than the whole cabinet put together, the common characteristic of most of the Legatum trade commission seems to be not having worked at any time within the EU or even directly with it. I have negotiated myself for the EU on many occasions on trade, and I have seen how shocked negotiators from other countries become when they realise how difficult it is to negotiate with 27 countries - with their own institutions and legal system - at the same time...

The institute also seems to be behind Davis's recurrent claim that the UK will have "frictionless" access to the single market even if it is not part of it - an embarrassing comment that brings despair to Europeans, as the single market is a system of rules based on trust and a single legal order, and therefore accessible only to those who are part of it. When the EU negotiator Michel Barnier says that "some in Britain still do not understand", he seems to be referring among others to how Davis still has not understood this.

She goes on to mention that the Legatum Institute is a proponent of the "CANZUK" concept of an anglosphere free trade agreement, as well as "unilaterally removing tariffs and quotas on agriculture products (farmers, take note) in exchange for services agreements all over the world".
by Gag Halfrunt on Wed Jul 19th, 2017 at 07:37:19 PM EST

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