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
The UK Competition Authority publishes guidance on its functions to explain the effects of Brexit on the application of competition law in the UK during and after the transition period
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