Theresa May’s government will struggle to negotiate a satisfactory trade deal with the European Union once Brexit is officially completed.
That’s according to trade expert Angus Armstrong, who has contributed a chapter to a new report on Brexit produced by The UK in a Changing Europe and Political Studies Association.
Once Britain has officially left the European Union at the end of the Article 50 process, one of its next tasks will be to forge a new trade deal with the European Union, assuming Theresa May decides to do as expected and take the country out of the European Single Market.
In the report which is titled “Brexit: six months on,” Armstrong, the Director of Macroeconomics at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), says that it may be a long time before the UK can begin to negotiate a free trade arrangement with EU leaders as the government is so divided over what type of arrangement to pursue.
“The internal dynamics of UK politics suggest that progress towards a coherent position may be limited. As set out above, there is a fundamental difference of approach between different Ministers: some regard as important priorities retaining the maximum possible degree of economic integration with the EU, in terms of trade, regulation and migration, while for others, who campaigned for ‘Leave’, restoring full control over UK rules and immigration policy takes precedence.”