UK Trade

Why Labour Must Say No to the EU

Adam Hamdy | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

I'm a trustee of Water For Africa, an innovative charity that trains local people to provide sustainable water supplies for their communities. As gra...

After Xi's Visit, Where Next for the UK-China Relationship?

Joel Mullan | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joel Mullan

The red carpet has been rolled away, the royal carriage has been put back in the garage, and the British press have moved on. Now that Xi Jinping's state visit - the first by a Chinese Premier for 10 years is over, it's a good time to take stock and ask how the Sino-UK relationship should now develop.

Brexit, TTIP and Labour's Fight for a Fair EU Trade Policy

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

TTIP is being negotiated whether we like it or not, and its impact will be felt whether or not we stay in the EU. The choice whether to maintain our membership or go it alone will ultimately be a choice between having a say in our future or watching from the sidelines. I know which option I prefer.

Why Does Britain's China Debate Have to Be So Binary?

Alistair Burnett | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

In their very haste to catch up and the urgency they attach to attracting investment, Cameron and Osborne are prepared to ignore criticism - and I suspect the advice of their diplomats - and downplay human rights and wider foreign policy considerations to put their emphasis on the purely pecuniary dimension of relations with the Chinese.

Prime Minister, Trade With China Mustn't Trump Human Rights

Kiri Kankhwende | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Politics
Kiri Kankhwende

It is in Britain's best interests to partner with countries who share our values of rule of law, human rights and justice and our duty, as a nation whose heritage includes Magna Carta, to hold our partners to account when they fail to hold themselves accountable.

TTIP: A Double Edged Sword?

Ciara Kelleher | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Politics
Ciara Kelleher

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is an exciting new prospect for 2016. It is a proposed free trade agreement between the United Stat...

Time to Recognise Those Who Are Responsible for Bringing Investment Into Our Region

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Photo credit: Rob Reedman Last Thursday, I attended the opening of the new Hitachi Rail Europe train assembly plant in Newton Aycliffe, which the co...

Trade in Services: Updating Rules Should Create Jobs Not Lower Standards

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Yuangeng Zhang / One topic seems to have dominated the EU's trade policy agenda in recent months - the Transatlantic Trade and Inve...

The Battle Over TTIP Is Far From Over - And Labour's Not Ready to Give Up the Fight

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Though bittersweet, today's result has merely served to strengthen our determination to ensure that the final agreement on TTIP between negotiators is one that does not include ISDS in any shape or form.

There Can Be No Compromise on Secret Courts in Trade Deals

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

This is not good enough. In a trade deal between two regions with legal systems as advanced as in the EU and US, a separate system of arbitration - whether public or private - is rendered obsolete: ISDS-lite is still ISDS.

The Trade in Instruments of Torture Must Be Stopped

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

If the EU is to be serious about its opposition to torture and the ill-treatment of human beings it must put its full might behind effective, comprehensive and adaptable controls on the instruments of torture. We believe that the legislation currently under debate in the Parliament can do this: we just need the political will to see it through.

What Could an EU Exit Mean for the UK Construction Industry?

Simon Thomas | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Simon Thomas

Even though the dust from the 2015 General Election has only just begun to settle, the political news agenda has already shifted to the next public po...

Labour Is Ready to Vote Against Secret Corporate Courts in Trade Deals

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

If passed, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, will be the biggest trade deal of its kind, shaping the rules governing a quarter of all global trade.

No to Blood on Our Hands, No to Conflict Minerals

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

The fight, however, is not yet over: we now need to get the support of a majority of the EU's 28 Member States before this important piece of legislation can be enacted. I hope that our own UK government will find itself on the principled side of this argument.

Service Exports - Clearly Visible

Nora Senior | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Nora Senior

As a UK service exporter, I feel somewhat aggrieved. Overlooked and invisible. Despite the strong and strengthening performance of service sector exports, we are often perceived as the poor relation to manufacturers. Indeed the government usually refers to the service sector as 'invisible exports', quite apt when considering where the focus of current investment is placed.

Rescuing Our Public Services From the Clutches of TTIP Profiteers

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Our amendment to exclude public services from TTIP has been numbered 397; the Tories' is 406. Ahead of this seminal vote in the European Parliament, we need all the public support we can muster to ensure that 397 trumps 406. Only in this way can we guarantee that we are able to rescue our NHS from Tory privatisation, invest in its future and join up services from home to hospital for a service with the time to care.

Peterlee to Patagonia: EU-Latin American Cooperation Is Key to North East's Future

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

We need an ambitious yet realistic agenda to end extreme poverty by 2030 as the UN has proposed, and it is my firm belief that increased cooperation between states on issues such as trade, human rights, security and climate change gives us the political clout in order to achieve this. It is only in this way we can ensure that the benefits of globalisation are felt all the way from the Peterlee to Patagonia.

Secret Courts, Trade Deals and Power to the People

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Today, we are sending them a loud and clear message that we can only contemplate support if our conditions - and the conditions of UK citizens - are met.

Talking Straight to Mr Free Market About Fairness

Harriet Lamb | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

It's time to tell him straight: You are pretty damn good at many things, mate. You are simply the best at growth - no one comes near you. But you are starting to look a little overweight, what with all the mergers and acquisitions?

How Quickly Should Government Debt Be Reduced?

Tony Dolphin | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Politics
Tony Dolphin

The Chancellor is right to argue that debt will have to be reduced. There is no definitive answer to the question of the optimal level of debt, but debt in the UK has doubled since the onset of the financial crisis and, as a result, it would be harder to respond to a future severe downturn in economic activity through an easing of fiscal policy. Debt needs to be reduced to create room for it to be increased again if needed.

What Does the Future Hold for the UK Economy?

John Mills | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Mills

Despite the political rhetoric, if current economic policies continue broadly as they are, the UK economy does not have a bright future. In my view, and that of many others, our economy has at least five big problems. These major challenges will end the current upturn probably shortly after the 2015 general election, no matter who wins.

The Case for a More Competitive Pound

John Mills | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

It is very widely believed that lowering the value of the pound must increase inflation. Monetarists have always claimed that any gains in competitiveness from a lower currency must be offset by rapid price increases. But what might seem obvious needs to be checked against the economic statistics - and they tell a very different story.

Britain Has Lost a Vision and Is Yet to Find a Role

Peter Wilding | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Wilding

The leadership black-hole is the real story of this year. The Union was nearly lost because the Westminster elites failed to articulate a convincing, positive vision of why the Scots should back the UK...

Cable Mocks Ukip For Opposing Controversial US-EU Trade Deal

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Politics

Vince Cable has hit out at Ukip for opposing a controversial EU-US trade deal that the party fears would lead to "widespread privatisation" of the NHS...

Food, Spies & Sanctions

Craig Todd | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Craig Todd

Why a food ban? Quite simply, it will hurt the EU nations, and far more severely than any sanction that has been imposed on Russia by the EU so far... little notice has been paid to Edward Snowden, the whistle-blower and current rector of Glasgow University, who has been granted a 3 year stay in Russia, and will not be extradited back to America.