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WTO: Britain sends GPA market access offer in shot to gain independent status
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WTO: Britain sends GPA market access offer in shot to gain independent status

The European Union and the British government have gotten the ball rolling to establish the UK as an independent member of the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement.   The GPA is a plurilateral accord inked in the 1990s that sets common rules and enshrines liberalisation commitments among its members …

FTA roundup: Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand
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FTA roundup: Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand

There have been a few developments and clarifications on the variety of bilateral free trade agreements under way in the EU in recent days. So here are some updates on where things stand with Mexico, Singapore, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.   EU-Mexico  ‘agreement in principle’ – next steps   …

Brexit Notes – Future FTA: Japan and food industry want origin cumulation
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Brexit Notes – Future FTA: Japan and food industry want origin cumulation

Japanese business groups want the EU and the UK to start working on rolling over the yet-to-be ratified EU-Japan free trade accord so that it also applies to Britain after Brexit. They also set out specific demands for the future EU-UK trade agreement. These demands echo origin rule requests by Britain’s …

Brexit Notes: Rules of origin Tuesday
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Brexit Notes: Rules of origin Tuesday

Statements by European Commission President Jean-Claude  Juncker, chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and the European Parliament’s Brexit leader, Guy Verhofstadt, today in the parliament in Strasbourg revealed nothing new about the EU’s position on everything related to Brexit (details in this blog series).   So what’s new on the Brexit-and-trade …

Brexit Notes: May’s realism or not – customs union – services in WTO
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Brexit Notes: May’s realism or not – customs union – services in WTO

Trade news in the EU in recent days was dominated by the bloc’s trade spat with the United States. In Britain on Friday, everyone was obsessing about Brexit and Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech on what her government wants to achieve for the country’s future relationship with the EU27 – …

Brexit Notes: Withdrawal nitty-gritty, Japan wants EU FTA rollover
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Brexit Notes: Withdrawal nitty-gritty, Japan wants EU FTA rollover

There’s been a tremendous amount of media hoo-hah about the EU’s proposals on Northern Ireland in the draft Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement terms released today in Brussels. Here some highlights of the 119-page text relevant for trade policy wonks that are less visible in the media. Also, Tokyo explicitly said …

Brexit Notes: More cake – UK transition period demands
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Brexit Notes: More cake – UK transition period demands

The British government released its response to the European Union’s proposal on a transition period post Brexit. The text was part of the discussions held in Brussels on Tuesday.   As widely reported in the press, the UK government is seeking a longer status-quo transition period by which all stays …