?????? The negotiations have nothing to do with withdrawing and absolutely everything to do with the future relationship.
The entire talks are on the the future relationship with the EU and what will, or will not, continue.
If it was just about withdrawing then it would be done and dusted.
Statement by UK gov when it all started: Senior British and EU officials opened talks on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union on Wednesday, marking a milestone in the Brexit process. More than a year after the government triggered article 50, British and EU negotiators met behind closed doors to discuss the UK’s future trade ties.
From the BBC
Negotiations about future relations between the UK and the EU are taking place now.
Many moons ago I was fleet manager for a small dairy which undertook bulk raw milk collection from farms in the South of England.
Farmers were tipping half of their milk produce away because the punitive measures of exceeding EU quotas would bankrupt them.
At the same time, convoys of tankers from RoI were delivering cream on a daily basis, which was cheaper than the the dairy could source locally, because quotas forbade it's manufacture.
It was madness.
No doubt someone was on a proff somewhere down the line.
But not great for the consumer....shopping, not farming. I'm genuinely pleased that UK farmers can profit, I hope the Govester keeps his newly found green credentials longer than the next ministerial post.
We contract haul for Arla, I meet monthly with management from two of their plants and I can tell you the mood music I hear from them is a mile away from that article. You would almost think he was being encouraged to spin that line from head office in Denmark !
Looks like it's going to be a summer of introducing the electorate to the cliff-edge. Meanwhile the curtain will fall on the panto for a long ten week drinks interval, allowing the civil servants on both sides of the Channel to get things sorted.