UK Trade

Theresa May Should Leverage Trade To Achieve Better Human Rights In Bahrain

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Trade - and in particular access to the UK market - gives us leverage, which can be used to secure real improvements in third countries. Merely "encouraging [these countries] and supporting their plans for reform" won't do it.

Britain's Trade And Aid Policy After Brexit - Neo-Liberalism Goes Mad

Mark Curtis | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Curtis

Unless there is a serious challenge, Britain is set to increasingly promote a failed model of international trade that will impoverish developing countries still further. It will also likely pursue an aid strategy that supports corporations, neo-liberal economic objectives and wider British foreign policy.

The Conspiracy Theorist's Guide To The TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership)

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK

Donald Trump has pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. Which begs the question, what the hell is it? Well, it’s rather impor...

UK-India Trade Trip: You Want Our Business But Not Our People?

Barry Gardiner | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

The words of the Indian journalist should haunt Theresa May: "You want our business but you do not want our people". The EU is clearly not the only place where this UK perspective is going down rather badly.

The Meaning Of Trump As President

Paul McNeil | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Paul McNeil

The first 100 days will be key to figuring an image of a Trump White House, parallel to the Trump Administration lineup of secretaries and advisors. The road to the four years ahead will be very new and sensitive. Many polls, analysts and critics are questioning their evaluations of these elections. Eyes are now on Trump and how he will act based on the policies he pledged.

What Would A Trump Victory Mean For UK Businesses Trading With The US?

Jeremy Cook | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jeremy Cook

It's been a long time since trade was such a hot button topic when talking politics. Tip O'Neill, a former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, often used to say that "all politics is local" and, to an extent, that mind-set remains true today. In one of the most politically unpredictable years in recent history, trade is being used as a catch-all scapegoat for a range of local issues.

Brexit - What Next? The Utility Of A Historical Assessment?

Martin Robson | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Politics
Martin Robson

The historical record shows us that when faced with European economic and political exclusion Britons have tried to achieve their political and economic security through overseas, primarily, transatlantic connections. When we consider recent events in Europe and Europe's near abroad, it is again to those connections that Britain is likely to turn for peace and prosperity.

Whitehall Has Been Arming The World And Fuelling Conflict For 50 Years

Andrew Smith | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

UK aircraft and UK bombs have been central to the bombardment, which, according to Save the Children, has left Yemen "teetering on the edge of famine." The situation is dire, but the government's response has been to evade and ignore it.

Trade, Britannia! Why We Must Make A Success Of Brexit

Murad Gassanly | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK
Murad Gassanly

I will conclude by accepting that Brexit may turn out to be a difficult, even at times painful national experience. And that is all the more reason why it must be made a success in the end. Let's go forth and trade, Britannia!

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Philip Mansbridge | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

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Does Brexit Mean CETA?

Jonathan Edwards | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Edwards

We expect the Labour Welsh Government and the UK Government to vigorously defend the Welsh national interest. We cannot afford to leave the fate of the Welsh economy in the hands of the Prime Minister and her three dawdling Brexiteers.

Brexit Shows We Must Make Trade Policy Work For All

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

It is an important opportunity to send political signals about what a future UK trade policy should look like. The public will remain distrustful of trade policy whether negotiated in Brussels or Westminster until fairness and transparency is engrained. This must now be the priority for all negotiators and parliamentarians alike.

Why It's an Ideal Time to Sell to the Public Sector

Emma L. Jones | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK
Emma L. Jones

Last month I became the Government's new Crown Representative for small and medium sized businesses. My role will be to work with government to help it achieve its target of £1 in every £3 being spent with small business by 2020.

An EU Trade War Would Destroy the European Project

Matthew Ellery | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Matthew Ellery

If the EU wishes to survive, it must scrap the Euro and restore national governments' vetoes. This would facilitate a genuine intergovernmental union and not a European superstate.

Trump Is a Psychopath: American Democracy or Twilight Zone?

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Mohadesa Najumi

I don't blame Americans for feeling that their elections are rigged. Pundits say that Trump is fuelled by anger, but it worries me even more that no one like Trump has ever got this far.

Post-Brexit, UK Trade Must Work for Climate Goals

Ruth Bergan | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ruth Bergan

Following the UK's decision to leave the EU, one of the most important things on the agenda is the renegotiation of our trade relationships with the rest of the world. There is mounting evidence that current trade rules are a significant barrier to achieving climate change goals. Brexit provides the UK with an opportunity to change this.

How Brexit Has Crippled TTIP

Adam Hamdy | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Reports coming out of Brussels and Washington suggest that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, otherwise known as TTIP, has been crippled, possibly killed, by Brexit. Informed sources suggest that TTIP will be parked until Britain's Article 50 negotiations have been completed and that there is now a possibility that the deal will never be concluded.

Cucumbers? Blame the UN

Christian Friis Bach | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK
Christian Friis Bach

As the UK referendum on Brexit approaches I feel obliged to stand forward and confess. The European Union is often criticized for dealing with ridiculous things such as the shape of cucumbers: banning the curved ones and imposing straight ones on farmers and consumers alike.

Why I Believe That There Are Certain 'Facts' in the EU Referendum Debate

Louisa Metcalfe | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Politics
Louisa Metcalfe

The first time I studied economics, at 16, the case could be neatly and simply put across at A level. I came across the enormous benefits the EU can o...

The Prospects for British Trade Are Brightest If We Remain

David Rutley | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Politics
David Rutley

Now is the time to make the most of our enviable position as a bridge from Europe to the United States and the Commonwealth, not put it at risk. Our m...

Think a Brexit Will Benefit Small Businesses? Think Again

Nash Riggins | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

Now, if that's a price you're willing to pay in order to try and slash net migration, just you go ahead and vote to leave the EU on June 23. But if you're gainfully employed by a small business, you might want to think twice.

Ten Reasons Why We Must Leave the EU

Adam Hamdy | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

When I recently told a colleague that I want the UK to leave the EU, she expressed considerable dismay that someone of my background - mixed-race, working class, comprehensive education - was lining up with far-right racists. Such a misguided view of the people who support Brexit does a disservice to the millions of Britons up and down the UK, who are now in a majority that understands why it is morally, politically and economically essential for Britain to leave the EU.

The EU and the Commonwealth - The UK's Place in Both

Hugo Swire | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

Some have suggested that Brexit is a patriotic cause. And to argue for the UK to remain in the EU is somehow unpatriotic. I reject that entirely. I, as Britain's Minister for the Commonwealth, believe that the patriotic thing to do is what is in our country's long term interests. And I believe these interests are best served by re-committing to the Commonwealth and to a reformed EU.

Gove's BMW Confusion Shows the Flaws in Brexit

Jonathan Lindsell | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Lindsell

"I think it would be very difficult for any German finance minister to say to BMW I am afraid you are going to have to lay off workers because I want ...

The Developing World Is Better Off With Britain Inside the EU

Simon Maxwell | Posted 08.05.2016 | UK
Simon Maxwell

There is much at stake in Europe just now. The external environment is characterised by economic slowdown, the pressure of conflict, the refugee crisis, and the need to move rapidly to act on the Sustainable Development Goals, especially those related to climate. Urgent action is also needed to tackle the tax and transparency issues revealed by the Panama Papers. The threat of global disease epidemics is ever-present, with Ebola having been supplanted by the zika virus as the most urgent current threat. In all these arenas, the priority is coordinated action among groups of nations: another reason to put the global role of the EU high on the agenda.