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.
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?