TopicBrexit weekly briefing: EU has no taste for pick and mix deal
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The UK, as we have seen, does Brexit by speeches. The EU tends to prefer documents. Last week saw the release of its guidelines on Britain’s post-Brexit relationship with the bloc – a limited deal that rejects what the European council president, Donald Tusk, called Theresa May’s “pick and mix” approach.
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The bloc envisages a deal based on zero tariffs on goods in return for existing EU access to British waters, a customs arrangement that will minimise barriers to trade but entail “rules of origin” checks and other border controls, and a limited deal on non-financial services modelled on the EU-Canada FTA.