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The art of negotiation is something the UK will need to excel at. Not only will we need to negotiate an exit from the European Union but we will also need to create an entirely new raft of trade deals. The most important element of negotiations is to know what you most want to get out at the end, and then everything else is just a matter of compromise. It is important to ensure all of the options are on the table especially those options which the opposite side may be concerned about, as these are the critical bargaining chips. When we have calls to make guarantees on some of these elements beforehand this can significantly undermine the position of our negotiations.

Calls for assurances regarding existing EU migrants being made by the likes of Nicola Sturgeon and Tim Farron, shows how far the UK has to come to ensure these negotiations work. Their comments show their naivety when it comes to negotiating in anything other than the comabtative political arena, and is likely to cause harm to the national position should it continue.  Whilst this is an important issue and we should not leave these people in the lurch, we need to keep such a hot subject open for the negotiations as this will be an important issue for the EU nations. This just shows the true naivety of some of our politicians when it comes to real world negotiations.

 

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If the UK is going to move forward these negotiations should be run by those who have experience in this type of work; business leaders like Lord Digby Jones and Lord Bamford have this experience, as do many more business leaders. Yes the politicians should provide the directions, but the physical negotiations need to be conducted by those experienced in the poker like world of trade deals. Certainly those politicians like Sturgeon an Farron need to press their agenda, but not in a way that would be detrimental to any negotiations.