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EU Australia FTA: data privacy, beef quotas latest flashpoints in negotiations

There are ‘dark clouds’ hanging over the current free trade negotiations between the EU and Australia, with data flows and beef quotas currently ranking as probably the two most difficult issues to resolve, according to Brussels insiders. Services offers A sixth round of negotiations between the two sides was held …

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UK food industry calls for tailored rules of origin ahead of trade talks with EU

Any new United Kingdom free trade agreements which offers zero tariffs on trade will be “worthless” in the absence of adequate rules of origin which take account of sector-specific needs, the UK government has been warned. In a policy paper published this week, the UK Food and Drink Federation – …

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Post Brexit: Services sector sounds alarm as Commission signals GATS-only deal in 2021

Businesses in the services sector have written to both the UK government and the European Commission urging them not to neglect the sector in the forthcoming free trade agreement negotiations, amid growing signs that neither party is currently prioritising a sector which accounts for around three-quarters of the European economy. …

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Devolved administration votes signal continued disagreements over London’s Brexit strategy

The United Kingdom is rushing towards completion of the legislative procedures needed to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement and formalise the UK’s exit from the EU at the end of January. There is no longer any doubt that the legislation will be approved by the end-month deadline given  the comfortable 80-seat …