Brexit & UK trade

Brexit transition: EU won’t stop UK from talking to other trading partners
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Brexit transition: EU won’t stop UK from talking to other trading partners

  The United Kingdom won’t be blocked from negotiating or renegotiating international trade agreements with third countries during the Brexit transition period, as long as it doesn’t start applying them before the end of that period, EU member states clarified today.   Although doing so is the British government’s formal …

A week in Brussels: Western Sahara fish, agriculture promotion, blockchain
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A week in Brussels: Western Sahara fish, agriculture promotion, blockchain

This week was relatively calm in the Brussels policy world. The entire European Commission team flew to Sofia feting Bulgaria as it took over the EU presidency for the next six months, lavishing praise and money on the bloc’s poorest country. Technocrat trade negotiators are far away in Mexico trying to hammer …

Customs and trade bills sail through Commons amidst national custom union and trade-remedy debate
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Customs and trade bills sail through Commons amidst national custom union and trade-remedy debate

British MPs voted down two attempts by Labour frontbenchers to stop legislation on a new customs regime and trade policy powers to wind their way through Parliament in London. This comes despite a vigorous debate on both the content and constitutional arrangements around trade policy in Britain post-Brexit.   On …

2018 in EU trade: the year in preview
Brexit & UK trade CETA EU trade policy Internal EU politics Japan LatAm & Caribbean Mercosur Trade agenda

2018 in EU trade: the year in preview

Happy New Year, dear subscribers!   The year 2018 will offer a very narrow window of opportunity to bring key EU trade policy files forward. On the EU’s plate this year: finalise trade negotiations with Mexico and Mercosur, get key trade agreements with Singapore, Vietnam and Japan through the European …

A week in Brussels: Brexit Phase 2, China subsidies, net neutrality, robust trade
A week in Brussels Brexit & UK trade Digital Trade defence UK-EU negotiations

A week in Brussels: Brexit Phase 2, China subsidies, net neutrality, robust trade

It’s been an intense week again for EU trade. While trade agreements with far away countries like those in the Mercosur bloc have taken a hit, the trade focus is now clearly shifting closer to home, namely to Brexit.   Brexit: Habemus Phase II   It was widely expected. Member …

A week in Brussels: Japan, Brexit compromise, WTO, Mercosur
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A week in Brussels: Japan, Brexit compromise, WTO, Mercosur

It’s been an eventful week in Brussels.   EU-Japan FTA – on track   The EU and Japan finalised their free trade agreement negotiations this morning. The full text of the deal will be available in a few days.   These FTA negotiations were politically concluded this summer. Negotiators worked …