Negotiations and more negotiations, year after year. That will be the main business of Theresa May’s government for the foreseeable future.

Britain’s exit from the EU will require at least six interlocking sets of negotiations, and they will take much longer and be far more complicated than most British politicians realise.

One negotiation will cover Britain’s exit from the EU, the second a free trade agreement (FTA) on future economic ties, the third interim cover for the British economy before the FTA enters into force, the fourth accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the fifth a set of deals to replace the 53 FTAs that bind the EU and other countries, and the sixth an agreement on co-operation in foreign, defence and security policies.

Source: Negotiations and more negotiations: Six Brexit deals that Theresa May must strike | British Politics and Policy at LSE

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