The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator has said he would offer the UK a trade agreement “such as there never has been”, while the French President Emmanuel Macron is also reportedly softening his position in a bid avoid a “no-deal” scenario.
The EU has long resisted a bespoke deal, with Britain essentially being forced to choose between existing trading models such as those used by Norway and Canada.
But in comments that prompted a rise in the value of the pound, Michel Barnier told reporters in Berlin that the EU is prepared to offer the UK a unique agreement which would mean an unprecedentedly close relationship with the bloc.
1) Pay into the EU budget
2) Free movement of people
3) No independent trade treaties
4) Full regulatory alignment with the EU.
In effect, your special deal is to be in but with no say in anything. Won’t that be special?