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UK food industry calls for tailored rules of origin ahead of trade talks with EU
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UK food industry calls for tailored rules of origin ahead of trade talks with EU

Any new United Kingdom free trade agreements which offers zero tariffs on trade will be “worthless” in the absence of adequate rules of origin which take account of sector-specific needs, the UK government has been warned. In a policy paper published this week, the UK Food and Drink Federation – …

Post Brexit: Services sector sounds alarm as Commission signals GATS-only deal in 2021
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Post Brexit: Services sector sounds alarm as Commission signals GATS-only deal in 2021

Businesses in the services sector have written to both the UK government and the European Commission urging them not to neglect the sector in the forthcoming free trade agreement negotiations, amid growing signs that neither party is currently prioritising a sector which accounts for around three-quarters of the European economy. …

The UK government has confirmed it will retain the EU’s Everything But Arms scheme after Brexit
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Devolved administration votes signal continued disagreements over London’s Brexit strategy

The United Kingdom is rushing towards completion of the legislative procedures needed to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement and formalise the UK’s exit from the EU at the end of January. There is no longer any doubt that the legislation will be approved by the end-month deadline given  the comfortable 80-seat …

UK tech industries seeking ‘gold standard’ for digital trade rules in new FTAs
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UK tech industries seeking ‘gold standard’ for digital trade rules in new FTAs

The United Kingdom can play a big part in creating “a new gold standard in digital trade” after it leaves the EU, according to techUK, the industry body for the UK technology sector. Outside of the European Union, the UK can identify and reinforce best practice in opening up markets …

Updated: UK minister raises eyebrows with plan to impose tariffs on sub-standard food
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Updated: UK minister raises eyebrows with plan to impose tariffs on sub-standard food

The United Kingdom government’s approach to food standards in international trade was thrown into confusion today with comments by Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers which appeared to advocate imposing tariffs on agri-food imports which did not meet basic British standards. Speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference – a high-profile gathering of …