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First thoughts on the Brexit trade deal

5. Think it's all over?

Just because a deal has been done, don't assume everything is settled. The UK is going to be negotiating with the EU for years to come, on a more or less constant basis.

Resolving disputes as they arise will be a persistent focus, and a likely cause of tension. Arbitration systems will probably be tested to the limit.

It's also worth remembering this deal is not just about trade.
As the name suggests, it is a partnership agreement, involving all sorts of other issues such as road transport, aviation, climate change policy, and security cooperation.

The UK will lose full access to a series of EU databases which police forces use on a constant basis - to check on things such as criminal records, fingerprints and lists of wanted or missing people.

by Oui on Fri Dec 25th, 2020 at 08:26:11 AM EST

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