Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the UK-EU negotiations on the future trade agreement have continued throughout the summer. But with only four months to go until the end of the transition period, a deal remains elusive. Both sides have called for more compromise on important areas such as fishing rights, state aid rules and dispute resolution.
Can the outstanding issues be resolved in time for a deal to be agreed and ratified? What happens if no trade agreement is in place by the time the transition period ends on 31 December? In a No Deal scenario, might the UK government regret not seeking an extension beyond 2020?
In this session, the speaker reflects on the future of the UK-EU relationship and looks back on how the Brexit process has changed the political landscape in the UK in the four years since the referendum.
David Gauke, Head of Public Policy, Macfarlanes; Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (2018-19); Conservative MP (2005-19)
Chair: Sir Simon Fraser, Deputy Chairman, Chatham House; Managing Partner, Flint Global