Cecilia Malmstrom
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EU Trade Commissioner: No trade talks until full Brexit

The EU Trade Commissioner says the UK cannot begin negotiating terms for doing business with the bloc until after it has left.

"First you exit then you negotiate," Cecilia Malmstrom told BBC Newsnight.

After Brexit, the UK would become a "third country" in EU terms, she said - meaning trade would be carried out based on World Trade Organisation rules until a new deal is complete, which could take years.

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Watch Mark Urban's interview in full on BBC Newsnight at 22:30 on BBC Two

  • 30 Jun 2016