Brexit & UK trade

Brexit Task Force’s deputy to lead trade department of European Commission
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Brexit Task Force’s deputy to lead trade department of European Commission

Sabine Weyand is to become next Director General for Trade, replacing the Frenchman Jean-Luc Demarty. Ms Weyand will lead the European Union’s trade bureaucracy after almost three years in a strategic post as deputy to the European Commission’s Article 50 Task force, the team that negotiated a ‘withdrawal agreement’ with …

Many businesses could 'struggle to stay afloat' after Brexit
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UK ceramics sector vents frustration over Brexit trade policy confusion

A UK manufacturing industry group has written to prime minister Theresa May expressing exasperation at what it sees as a mismatch between MPs’ views on trade policy and industry’s aspirations. The letter, by the British Ceramic Confederation, attacks what it calls a ‘disingenuous’ attempt by a group of MPs to …

Week in Brussels: Andean community, EU-US cheese GIs war, Singapore FTA in Karlsruhe
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Week in Brussels: Andean community, EU-US cheese GIs war, Singapore FTA in Karlsruhe

This column was written with input from Chris Horseman. This has been an eventful week, with EU-US trade frictions, e-commerce, Mercosur, the Energy Charter Treaty, Australia and New Zealand,  and WTO fish talks featuring high on the agenda. Below are other notable developments. Andean countries safeguard commodities exports to UK …

WTO members are trying to help build trust across e-signatures, e-contracts and consumer protection
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E-commerce first round: negotiators focus on finding common ground

Diplomats of more than 75 countries met in Geneva this week to formally start negotiations to set rules for trade in the 21st century in the World Trade Organization. The aim is to achieve a so-called ‘plurilateral’ agreement among a subset of organisation members which others could join later.