After the UK’s Brexit White Paper – What’s the next move towards a CFTA?

Monday, 27 February 2017
CEPS Policy Insights
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In a White Paper entitled "The United Kingdom's exit from and new partnership with the European Union" and published on February 2nd, the UK government has set the stage for the beginning of negotiations once the Article 50 notification is completed. In this CEPS Policy Insight, Michael Emerson points out that the language is explicit in wanting a Strategic Partnership (and not an Association Agreement), and within that, a “bold, ambitious and comprehensive Free Trade Agreement”. Against this background, he reflects on the possible next moves the UK might make to secure such an agreement, and analyses a range of possible responses from the EU.

Michael Emerson is Associate Senior Research Fellow at CEPS.