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Boris Johnson hailed Brexit as an opportunity for Britain to seek new commercial and trade connections with partners outside the European Union. While talks with Brussels are expected to resume after a tense break, the UK has continued to lay the foundations for the new position it will take on at the end of the transition period. But geopolitical intelligence platform Stratfor has warned the Prime Minister he will face a series of major challenges to ensure Britain’s place on the international stage.
A representative of the organisation said: “We have identified at least three main geopolitical challenges.
“The first will be to build a global network of trade relationships. The UK will try to do this in two ways.
“First, it will try to replicate the free trade agreements it already enjoyed as a member of the European Union and we have seen progress in negotiations with countries like South Korea and Japan but it will also seek to negotiate new free trade agreements.
“And this will be a bit more difficult because every case will have to start from scratch and will be different.”
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He continued: “The second challenge will be to build a global network of economic and political alliances.
“In this regard, it’s worth keeping in mind that the UK left the EU, is about to leave the single market, but it’s not leaving its geographic position as both a European power and an Atlantic country.
“So the UK will remain engaged in conversations with the likes of Germany and France on issues that they both care about.
“But, of course, the UK will also continue to seek some degree of alignment with the United States because the UK is an Atlantic country as well and the UK may even try to move closer to the US now that it has left the European Union.”
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The Prime Minister has indeed been hoping to secure a new and stronger trade agreement with the United States once the UK becomes fully independent from the European Union’s single market.
However, bipartisan US politicians have warned any deal would not go ahead should the Brexit negotiations end up putting the Northern Ireland peace agreement at risk.
The Stratfor expert added: “The third element is that the UK continues to be a Commonwealth country.
“That’s a network of more than 50 countries around the world. And the third element will be to negotiate the many, many outstanding issues in their relationship with the European Union.”
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He however insisted any agreement with the European Union will not be ending negotiations with Brussels as new tailored agreements will need to be struck over specific sectors.
He continued: “Even if there is a free trade agreement by the end of the year, it will probably not cover every aspect of the negotiations.
“Energy, education, security, data sharing and so on which means that the negotiations between the UK and the EU seem to be very dramatic and everyone is kind of tired of them by now, but they are not going away any time soon.”
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