The rhetorical position demanded a great deal because it did not recognise the UK`s unique degree of integration into the EU and the EU`s free trade agreements did not recognise that these were not options for a selection of Commission offers, but that any free trade agreement was a carefully negotiated compromise between the EU and its partner, in which the latter “purchased” the concessions. by offering hers. But the rhetoric was also not consistent with reality. Although the approach to the negotiations, published in February 2020, only when the UK published concrete proposals in its draft free trade agreement between the UK and the EU in May was the extent to which it sought to extend access to EU markets beyond previous EU free trade agreements. In this document, four of these enlargements have been widely debated, each going beyond the EU`s offer in its draft text and requiring any long and complex negotiations to resolve them: the EU has so far insisted that the details of a free trade agreement cannot be discussed “in parallel” on important points of friction. The emphasis on the priority of sovereignty over trade goes beyond the LPF to public procurement. Historically, the United Kingdom has been the most open to third-party engagement in public procurement and has sought to extend the liberalisation of public procurement in free trade agreements beyond the WTO public procurement agreement. However, the draft text of the United Kingdom merely confirms that the texts of the GPA should apply. The EU`s public procurement proposal (title X) also confirms the commitment to the WTO GPA, but then adds five more pages of commitments, for example on the challenges of contracting. While the introductory party can decide whether to grant equivalence, the draft de facto limits its freedom of refusal and must explain its reasons when it does so: Britain and the EU agree on their objective of a free trade agreement without restrictions on imports or exports, which are zero tariffs, zero quotas.  The main element of our approach is the Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which essentially covers all trade. We have also proposed a separate fisheries agreement that will take back control of our waters, as well as our right as an independent coastal state; an agreement on prosecution and judicial cooperation in criminal matters to help protect the public and bring offenders to justice; Agreements in the technical areas relating to cooperation in aviation, energy and civil nuclear power and which will help ensure the continuity of the United Kingdom on the basis of its new foundations as an independent sovereign nation. For obvious reasons, this could prompt the UK to provide a better service deal than South Korea.
There is a possible “exit clause” which states that the MFN obligation does not apply if the subsequent free trade agreement “imposes a significantly higher level of obligation.” However, this could raise questions about the UK`s sovereignty, as this may require closer relations with the EU than would be politically acceptable in the light of the withdrawal vote.