Britain will not be at the back of the queue for trade deals and, in fact, trade negotiations will have to start at some point – this is now the view of the European Commission, which looks like it may be beginning to crack under the pressure of the Brexit negotiations.
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When asked if Britain would be at the back of the queue for trade talks, Jyrki Katainen, Commissioner responsible for investment, said: “Forget this nonsense. As soon as we know about the future arrangement, negotiations will start then.”
And Trade Commissioner Cecila Malmström added: “There has to be at some point trade negotiations between the UK and the EU. We have a fantastic simultaneous negotiating capacity. Keep calm and don’t panic.”
Perhaps the EU is waking up and realising there is a £60billion trade deficit between Britain and the continent? Maybe the German car manufacturers have whispered into Juncker’s ear?