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Staying Aligned? The Future of UK-EU Trade

27 February 2018 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Chatham House, London


Alan Beattie, Leader Writer, Financial Times



While Brexit negotiations may have reached ‘sufficient progress’ in December, border issues in Ireland remain unresolved. The fall-back position of regulatory ‘alignment’ appears to mean different things to different sides, and creates as many questions as answers.

As talks move to phase two and the future UK-EU relationship, can the circle be squared? What would regulatory alignment cover and how would it affect the integrity of the EU’s and UK’s single markets?  How can the risks of divergence be managed and common approaches be agreed? And how might alignment constrain the UK’s capacity to develop an independent trade policy?

In this session, the speaker discusses how regulatory alignment could work in practice, what it may mean for Britain’s global trading ambitions and the impact on the future of UK-EU relations.

This is part of a series run by the Europe Programme on Britain and Europe: The Post-Referendum Agenda.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.