26th February 2020
There are two new important texts of interest to those following Brexit.
The first are the latest negotiation guidelines of the European Union.
As with the lead-up to the withdrawal agreement, the detail of the European Union’s published position will probably be the best single source for understanding both what will happen next and what the final agreement will look like.
This is not to say that is a complete source: politics and circumstances will make a difference, and there is – as with the exit arrangements – a non-trivial risk of no deal.
But even taking account of such contingencies, the directives are the best place to start.
The other text is a speech by the United Kingdom negotiator David Frost.
There is a lot in the speech to dismiss – but there are some fascinating passages too.
And the overall importance of the speech is perhaps not in any of its components but in the very fact of its existence: a serious and no doubt sincere attempt by an official to set out the post-Brexit vision of the United Kingdom government.
This blog will look carefully at both texts in the next few days, as both documents reward careful attention.
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