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The Council's Brexit negotiating guidelines APR 2017
Article 3 acknowledges UK's colonies political "union" in UK. Article 3 acknowledges the UK may desire to negotiate severable trade obligations between its colonies and the EU. Madam May decided last week not to exercise options A - C without the political support of Tory gov and the UK's colonies to fulfill EU customs requirements placed on UK exports. So be it: The UK "trade union" will diminish together for want of "frictionless" trade with the EU and ROW. UK trade "partners" will sideline dubious exports by the following.
EC Draft Withdrawal Agreement (pdf) FEB 2018
1. Unless otherwise provided in this Agreement or in Union law made applicable by this Agreement, any reference in this Agreement to the United Kingdom or its territory, shall be understood as referring to:
(a) the United Kingdom;
(b) the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar and the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia in Cyprus to the extent that Union law was applicable to them before the date of entry into force of this Agreement;
(c) the overseas countries and territories listed in Annex II to the TFEU having special relations with the United Kingdom3 , where the provisions of this Agreement relate to the special arrangements for the association of the overseas countries and territories with the Union.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 07:02:58 PM EST
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I think ATinNM was referring to FTA's the EU has with sovereign third parties such as Canada rather than "overseas territories" such as Gibraltar which the EU has been dealing with as more or less part of the UK - for the practical purposes of trade - as your quote confirms.

Liam Fox seems to think that the Canada's of this world will be only too delighted to grant the UK the same terms of trade as were painstakingly negotiated with the EU in the belief that they would gain access to a market of 500M people in return. That FTA involved lots of compromises which Canada might wish to revisit in the context of a deal with the UK and the much smaller market opportunity it represents.

If I was a Canadian trade negotiator I would have a list of things I rather reluctantly conceded to the EU which I am absolutely not prepared to concede to the UK.  But has Liam Fox even had that conversation with the Canadians yet? And what about the hundreds of other deals the EU has with other third parties?

The global political climate for free trade negotiations has hardly improved in recent weeks. What if the Canadian Government, and all the other third parties, decide to "put their own countries first" and "have there cake and eat it"?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 07:20:17 PM EST
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Liam Fox is a comlete idiot and hasn't got a clue what he is doing. I think right now he is simply enjoying flying around the world at taxpayer's expense imagining all the great fantastic easy best deals he can do as soon as the dead hand of the European bureaucracy is lifted from this shoulders

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Mar 6th, 2018 at 10:23:54 PM EST
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I find it amusing the consensus we reached a year ago is slowly becoming CW in the rest of the world.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Mar 8th, 2018 at 07:30:50 PM EST
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