Failure to reach Brexit deal could mean tougher divorce and custody battles


Failure to reach Brexit deal could mean tougher divorce and custody battles

In total the United Kingdom is expected to announce five new position papers this week. British pound has remained under pressure recently, with GBPUSD hovering around a one-month low and EURGBP firming around the highest levels in 10 months.

In the latest in a series of papers setting out its Brexit negotiating plans, the government will say disputes need to be resolved "in a clear and sensible way", saying it is determined to agree new arrangements. And it didn't address the issue that is potentially an even bigger future source of border friction than customs: the U.K.'s withdrawal from the single market, the bloc's zone of common regulation.

A trade deal with the European Union following Britain's exit from the bloc is "desirable but not essential", according to a leading free-market think-tank.

"This would ensure that goods and services can still flow freely giving companies the certainty they need to invest", he said.

The government proposed to continue for around two years the kind of tariff-free arrangements that apply now to EU-UK trade in goods, again to give businesses more time to adapt to new post-Brexit systems.

"If the United Kingdom is to be part of something close enough to a customs union or the single market to remove the need for hard borders, it will only work if the rules are identical to the EU's own internal rules", he said.

It will also be published amid reports that the government could favour a mechanism modelled on the Efta (European Free Trade Association) court, which adjudicates on issues relating to countries outside the EU that participate in the single market, such as Norway.

But once Britain leaves the European Union and rejects any role for the ECJ in British law, the possibility of "drift" away from European Union standards will make it an increasingly unattractive place for banks and insurers to resolve disputes, according to Peter Bert, a litigator at Taylor Wessing, which was formed as the result of a merger between law firms in England and Germany.

Such protection might cover sensitive economic data shared during previous European Union trade discussions, which could prove more sensitive now Britain is seeking to strike rival bilateral deals.

Mr. Davis also warned that there can be no agreement on the Irish border until future customs arrangements have been agreed between the two sides.

"I firmly believe the early round of the negotiations have already demonstrated that many questions around our withdrawal are inextricably linked to our future relationship", Davis wrote in the Sunday Times newspaper.

Statisticians at the ONS noted that while the absolute figure of European Union citizens employed within the United Kingdom had risen over the year, the rate of growth had slowed in the past three quarters. Indeed, the EU has previously criticized the United Kingdom of "cherry-picking" and affirmed that "frictionless trade" is not possible outside the Single Market and Customs Union'.

The ambitious plan would involve the United Kingdom mirroring the EU's requirements for imports from the rest of the world, and if successful would reduce numerous impacts for breakbulk operators. So far, both parties have not agreed on the "divorce bill" - a critical topic in phase one negotiations, making it hard to move on to the next phase (trade, transitional arrangement).

Brexit would see the United Kingdom making a clear break from the jurisdiction of the European court of justice (ECJ), the Luxembourg-based guardian and interpreter of EU law, as it leaves the single market and customs union.