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Before the New Year, we hosted an Open Europe “think tank roundtable” in Brussels, gathering think tanks, industry representatives, NGOs and other observers who are dealing with Brexit to share their analysis about the ongoing Brexit negotiations. Open Europe’s Brussels representative Pieter Cleppe presents a summary of the discussion.
16 January 2018
I have been a relatively optimistic Brexit observer. As complex as the process may be, the fact that a deal on the “divorce stage” of Brexit has been reached and that we’re now moving to talks about transition and then trade is a positive signal. It is worth noting that a few months ago, it was by no means a foregone conclusion that sufficient progress would be reached, with many observers suggesting that it was an impossible task. However, the agreement reached in December 2017 illustrates that both sides have a motivation to avoid as much disruption for businesses and citizens as possible.
So, what might the next few months have in store? Below is a summary of Open Europe’s recent roundtable of Brussels observers’ thoughts on what has been agreed already and what to look for in the transition and trade talks.
With regards to the “divorce deal”:
With regards to the “transition”:
With regards to the “trade negotiations”: