Last week, both the EU and UK published their opening positions, having formally gained mandates to start negotiations. These negotiations begin today.
The Institute for Government published a comprehensive comparison chart between the two opening positions, which may be accessed here. Small businesses should be aware of issues regarding trade in goods, services, data and intellectual property. Of course, the nature of opening positions is purely indicative of the upcoming dialogue and give no guarantees of the final arrangements.
Furthermore, the dates for the first five rounds of negotiations have been agreed, which are detailed in the chart below: