Immeasurable amounts of time, effort and money go into free trade negotiations but Tim Worstall shows it doesn’t have to be difficult:
Exports are simply the dreary drudge work we do in order to be able to afford those lovely imports. So, for the EU to “negotiate” a free trade area with the US is very simple. Just stop taxing EU citizens who purchase American goods by imposing tariffs upon them. Similarly, for the US to have free trade with the EU just means lifting those portions of the US Customs code that tax imports from Europe. There, all done. Extraordinarily simple, easy to achieve and yes, it would make us all richer to boot.
Sadly, the economically deluded, the protectionists and others who make money from trade barriers won’t take the simple solution.