Negotiations restart today (Thurs 19th July) with the new Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab taking his first trip to Brussels to meet Michel Barnier. Is this an opportunity for the UK to take a new position in the negotiations with the EU? There are some key phases of negotiation that Theresa May's government would do well to recognise, one of which is conflict styles. This has played a large role in Brexit negotiations so far and if David Davis has shared information properly, then Mr Raab will have a good understanding of the EU's position and will approach this new phase with greater confidence (we hope). There are many other phases of negotiation that the UK should have grappled with earlier too, key skills that CEDR teach in our Negotiation Skills training. The next course, Advanced Negotiation Skills, will be taking place in September see here for more information.
First and foremost amid all the political turmoil in Westminster: What exactly is the UK's Brexit negotiating position now? The EU also has a strong message for Dominic Raab. Work with us, they will say, to finish the UK's exit deal - the so-called Withdrawal Agreement - otherwise the chances are rising of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal come March next year.