Conciliatory eu: free trade after brexit.

EU Council president presents guidelines for an agreement with the UK. Free trade is "core of economic relations".

Conciliatory: EU Council President Donald Tusk and British Prime Minister Theresa May Photo: ap

The European Union has for the first time committed itself to the goal of concluding a free trade agreement with Britain after the UK’s EU exit. This will be "the core of the economic relationship" between the EU and Britain after Brexit, according to the policy paper presented by EU Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels on Wednesday. The paper sets out the EU’s negotiating guidelines for an agreement on future relations with London. So far, substantial negotiations have been held only on the terms of exit, not on the period after.