Author: Chris Horseman

UK to press on with TRQ split despite international opposition
Agriculture Brexit & UK trade UK WTO & 3rd countries WTO & Plurilaterals

UK to press on with TRQ split despite international opposition

The UK looks set to face down growing international opposition over its plan with the EU to reallocate agricultural tariff rate quotas between the two sides after Brexit, as it pushes towards what it sees as the essential objective of establishing its own autonomous WTO tariff schedules by the end …

EU member states approve post-Brexit TRQ split – but arguments lie ahead
Brexit & UK trade UK WTO & 3rd countries UK-EU negotiations

EU member states approve post-Brexit TRQ split – but arguments lie ahead

EU member states have taken an important step in approving the European Commission’s proposed approach for the reallocation of agricultural tariff rate quotas between the bloc and the UK after Brexit. The commission’s preferred methodology for splitting existing TRQs between the UK and the EU27, based on historical trade flows, …

British bid to join WTO GPA delayed – but deal still likely
Brexit & UK trade Public procurement UK WTO & 3rd countries WTO & Plurilaterals

British bid to join WTO GPA delayed – but deal still likely

The UK must wait at least another month to learn the fate of its bid to accede to the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement post-Brexit, after the latest meeting of member countries in Geneva failed to approve its accession bid. There are no fundamental obstacles to the UK’s request …

USMCA challenges EU’s advance on GI protection – but too late for Mexico?
Agriculture EU FTAs & bilateral ties EU trade latest Intellectual property Mexico

USMCA challenges EU’s advance on GI protection – but too late for Mexico?

The recently concluded US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement includes a clear challenge to the EU’s strategy of ‘globalising’ its protection of Geographical Indications by including their provisions within international free trade agreements. The new clauses, contained within the USMCA’s Section 20 on Intellectual Property, set out rigorous procedures to permit any new …