The EU and the UK have now both set out their negotiating mandates for the forthcoming trade negotiations. On 25 February 2020, the Council of the EU adopted a formal decision authorising the commencement of trade negotiations with the UK, together with a revised version of the European Commission’s mandate for the negotiations. The UK released its position on the future relationship two days later,  seeking a so-called “Canada-style” arrangement. Formal negotiations begin this week ahead of the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020.  In principle, the parties will meet every 2-3 weeks with the possibility for more frequent informal discussions. The role of competition law will inevitably play a key part in the negotiations. The EU-27’s position is that: “Given
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