Monseuir Barnier describes the deadlock over the divorce bill as ‘disturbing’!!! I’d apply that to our whole negotiation strategy!
We might (MIGHT) be in a position to discuss trade after Christmas!!! The whole thing needs to be sealed up by September so that the EU 27 (we miss you already) have time to discuss and vote on it! 9 months to do the hardest bits! And the for all 27 nations to agree! Never gonna happen! The meatiest parts in the shortest time! Convincing the 27 is gonna be an incredible effort by people who seem to be unable to negotiate their way to the front of a buffet queue!
The rest of the world may be lining up to make a trade deal with us but only because our bartering team are inept and will be trounced!