The newly-concluded free trade agreement with the Mercosur countries represents the EU’s toughest challenge yet in terms of selling the benefits of trade liberalism to a sceptical domestic audience.
Author: Chris Horseman
The EU is reaching a critical phase in its FTA negotiations with both Australia and New Zealand, as talks start to move from the technical to the political level. Both sets of talks are still moving forward – at a more rapid rate for the EU-NZ talks than for EU-Australia …
The United Kingdom looks set for a clear post-Brexit shift away from the European Union’s regulatory orbit and towards a more atlanticist stance under the new government of Boris Johnson, who formally replaced Theresa May as UK prime minister on Wednesday (24 July).
There may be benefits for the UK in pursuing future free trade deals with ‘Anglosphere’ countries around the world post-Brexit. But it will not be easy, and Britain’s top priority really ought to be sorting out its future trade relationship with the EU.
Environmental impacts such as carbon emissions should be captured at the border, in the form of tariffs which level the playing field between competitor producer countries, a prominent UK economist and government adviser has argued.
The United Kingdom is committed to negotiating a free trade agreement with the United States after it leaves the EU – even if the deal turns out to be ‘shallower’ in nature than the government would like, according to UK trade minister George Hollingbery.
The United Kingdom is putting a lot of faith in its membership of one multinational organisation — the World Trade Organization — as a way of mitigating some of the problems associated with its imminent departure from another (the European Union). But might that faith be misplaced?
The UK has not yet been able to secure a ‘rollover’ of the EU-Canada free trade agreement to apply to Britain after it leaves the EU – and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox is blaming the UK Parliament for sending out ‘mixed signals’ to its trading partners on the likelihood …
The UK government will make no immediate changes post-Brexit in the current terms of market access for developing countries under the Generalised System of Preferences – even though the country’s split from the EU27 will throw up some complex issues over eligibility for GSP benefits.
The WTO’s efforts to reach a multilateral agreement on controlling subsidies to the fisheries sector could be given a significant boost in July, as negotiators target the submission of a first set of unified draft texts.