Car manufacturers and vehicle parts suppliers are part of a line-up of industry groups that are making their case for a generous post-Brexit trade deal.
Heads of state from the 27 EU countries—all except the UK—will meet at a special summit in Brussels on Saturday (29 April) to finalise their position, which includes sticking points on citizens’ rights and the billions of euros the UK is expected to be required to pay into the EU budget before it leaves.
But negotiations for a trade deal are still far off—before that, there will be haggling over conditions for the UK to leave, which is expected to take up to two years.
Industry groups are already pushing for a trade agreement that does not slow just-in-time delivery of goods across borders or impose tariffs. They face obvious obstacles: the UK will leave the EU customs union and EU leaders insist the country must be treated differently once it leaves.
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