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What is a trade deal? Breaking down the UK-EU negotiations in 2020

In March, the UK and EU will commence the negotiations (apparently to be concluded by the end of the year) on the future UK-EU relationship after EU exit, including the key issues of cross-border trading terms affecting retailers. Our forthcoming webinar will explore some of the basic issues you will need to know by the end of this year, such as:
• The WTO system and key agreements, eg. on SPS and TBT.
• What is a regional trade agreement?
• Negotiating tariffs between preferential trading partners.
• Rules of Origin.
• Typical chapters & outline of an EU trade agreement.
• What are MFN clauses?
• The Political Declaration and UK/EU mandates.
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