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One year after the UK started the process of leaving the EU, the vague rhetoric of striking a “deep and special relationship” after Brexit can be set aside. Instead, two rival visions of a Brexit agreement, outlined with some degree of detail, have crystalized.
In this new Special Report, MLex correspondent Matthew Holehouse examines how and whether these two outlooks can converge, using the elements identified in the EU’s vision of a deal that resembles a Greek temple:
- Four pillars for trade relations, home affairs, foreign policy and cooperation agreements on aviation, fisheries and education
- The roof for the governance and dispute-resolution mechanism
- The foundation made up of an agreement to preserve a “level playing field” between the EU and UK markets, made up of a package of measures on state aid, environmental protections and labor law