#Skripal and #Brexit – how UK put pressure on another country to prevent free trade discussions with #Russia

Can’t keep up with everything but through all the different sources I use to research about Russia – there has been a quiet discussion about statements made by the New Zealand minister for Foreign Affairs, Winston Peters


And in the comments:

“British High Commissioner to New Zealand Laura Clarke suggested an FTA with Russia, in the wake of the use of a chemical weapon on an ex-Russian spy and his daughter, could impact FTAs with the EU and the UK.”

Why the pressure now?

Perhaps because for Brexit

“The text covering the transition period includes a clause confirming that the UK can negotiate and ratify trade deals with other countries. However, they must not enter into force prior to 2021” 1

It’s not for me to tell another country what they can or can’t do and it wasn’t when I worked in civil and other public service either.

It would rather help the Conservatives if they managed to pressure other countries into deciding who they may like to discuss trade agreements with or not, wouldn’t it.

But they need a convincing reason, now how could they get one of those?


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