Off to a Bumpy Start: UK Trade Negotiations With the EU and US

    View Author March 2020

    In the last week of February 2020 – amid some chest-beating ferocity on both sides – the EU and UK published their respective negotiating mandates for the negotiations on the future relationship between the UK and the EU, which duly started at the beginning of March.1 On the day those talks started, the UK published its negotiating mandate for UK-US free trade talks (the US mandate has been available for over a year). And, just to round the day off, US Trade Representative made a speech to the Oxford Union. So where does this flurry of activity leave us?