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Looking forward to Brexit 2018

2017 was a turbulent year for Brexit negotiations and 2018 is shaping up to be no different, so what are the main challenges in the months ahead?

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Looking forward to Brexit 2018

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It's a new year and a new phase for Brexit negotiations. But before Theresa May's government has even made it to the table, The British Chambers of Commerce, representing 75,000 businesses, has accused political leaders of "division and disorganisation" and of putting the economy at serious risk with their approach to Brexit.

Director General Adam Marshall has said that Theresa May's government must announce a clear scheme for a post-Brexit transitional period so companies can plan ahead.

But after last year's rollercoaster of negotiations, businesses will surely remain nervous until the deal is done.

So how long will they have to wait and what else do we have to look forward to for Brexit in 2018. Well, the EU member state's declaration that 'sufficient progress' has been made to move on needs to be turned into a legal text.

The EU withdrawal bill will go through its 3rd reading in the UK parliament on the 16th and 17th January before heading for the Lords.

Then at the end of January, formal negotiations are due to begin on a transition period after Brexit.

So it probably won't be until April that any talks of a future trading relationship with the bloc can start, by which time the race will be on to find an agreeable deal by October which can then be ratified before the March 2019 leaving date.

Needless to say, there's a lot more Brexit to come.