The highest hurdle to a UK-EU trade deal

Press quote (Financial Times)
26 February 2020

Four of the UK’s most knowledgeable minds on trade offer their thoughts on the chances of a deal. Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform: 6.5/10. It is possible to see a way through on most of the contentious issues. Once they are resolved there is actually much agreement between the EU and UK as to the nature of the final trade deal. The issue giving me cause for concern is that the day-one disruption at the border is similar if the desired free trade agreement is concluded, to if it isn’t, which reduces the political benefit to Boris of making concessions to the EU.