SARAH Laouadi, European policy manager at FTA, was encouraged by the draft Free Trade Agreement provided by the UK government (18 May 2020) for discussion with the EU negotiating team:

‘The draft Free Trade Agreement by the UK’s Brexit negotiators is very positive, and takes into account all the areas of international trade which FTA has been asking government to prioritise over the past three years. It is a good starting point for UK negotiators to engage with the EU.

‘As always, the devil is in the detail, and we look forward to working closely with the government in the coming months on the areas of the agreement which still need work, to ensure that our members can have sufficient time to prepare for whatever the final outcome of the UK/EU negotiations may be.’