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Brexit Notes – UK minister: rollover of EU FTAs with rich countries ‘will be difficult’
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Brexit Notes – UK minister: rollover of EU FTAs with rich countries ‘will be difficult’

The Department for International trade is working hard behind the scenes to try to ‘roll over’ as many EU free trade agreements as possible for Brexit date. Several months ago, DIT officials were often heard making optimistic statements about the likelihood of having these agreements ready by next March. How …

UK says will be ready to roll over SADC trade deal post-Brexit – but will it?
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UK says will be ready to roll over SADC trade deal post-Brexit – but will it?

The UK will be ready to activate an economic partnership agreement with southern African countries from the first day after Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May said yesterday. But nothing is done yet, writes Chris Horseman. A joint statement between the UK and the countries of the Southern African Development Community, …

Redefining a ‘regional’ trade deal: Britain’s post-Brexit push to join CPTPP
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Redefining a ‘regional’ trade deal: Britain’s post-Brexit push to join CPTPP

One of the more eye-catching aspects of the UK government’s recently launched consultation on its post-Brexit trading future was its stated ambition to ‘potentially’ join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, known as CPTPP. The 11-nation pact was identified as a priority for the UK in negotiating new …

EU-Japan deal gets warm welcome, despite sense of unfinished business
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EU-Japan deal gets warm welcome, despite sense of unfinished business

The EU and Japan signed their long-awaited economic partnership agreement in Tokyo today. The deal was flanked by announcements that both sides had finalised work to recognise each other’s data privacy regimes – also called ‘adequacy decisions’ – to complement the trade agreement. The moves were well received in policy …

Comment: Hard decisions ahead for UK on future trading arrangements
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Comment: Hard decisions ahead for UK on future trading arrangements

With few countries running to the UK offering to open their markets, growing nationalist populism and authoritarianism across Europe, and protectionism on the rise domestically, Britain faces some tough choices on how to move forward with its trading arrangements. The UK may do better to seek a new customs union …