28 December 2016
On 21 December 2016, the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union issued an Opinion that the EU does not have exclusive competence to conclude its free trade agreement with Singapore because it is a "mixed agreement". This means that the agreement must be entered into by the EU and by each Member State in accordance with its own domestic processes. This Opinion, if followed by the Court, will have implications for any trade agreement that might be reached between the UK and the EU following Brexit.
The EU-Singapore FTA: a mixed agreement?