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Blind spot: How CETA overlooks legal services

29 January 2018

In this paper, the Law Society identifies the significant shortcomings of the EU’s Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada as a model for the UK’s future relationship with the EU. CETA is the most recently agreed EU free trade agreement, and media reports indicate that the EU Commission will be given a mandate from member states to begin trade negotiations with the UK following the ‘CETA model’.

The paper focuses on two areas: the impact on the UK economy, including the legal services sector, and the broader lack of legal certainty that would be provided by CETA. The Law Society concludes in the paper that a CETA-style agreement would be equivalent to a ‘no deal’ outcome for the legal services sector on market access.

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