UK Trade

The News That Is Making Theresa May Panic About Brexit

Eloise Todd | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK Politics
Eloise Todd

Theresa May's and David Davies's hasty excursion to Brussels comes as the Office of National Statistics issues revisions to the "Blue Book" of national accounts showing the UK is worth £490billion less than previously thought. Just two weeks after Boris Johnson boasted at Tory Conference that we would need to build another Channel Tunnel because trade will be so great after Brexit, it sounds instead like it might do better as a quick exit for the money and businesses leaving our shores.

Brexit Or No Brexit, The UK And EU Must Stand Up For Human Rights

Julie Ward | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Politics
Julie Ward

Europeans have experienced turbulent elections of late, with populist, authoritarian nationalism pitted against openness, tolerance, and democracy. But in one election after another, voters have chosen more pragmatic and optimistic visions of society. Nowhere was this as clear as in the UK, where the Conservatives' small-islander vision of a buccaneering Brexit Britain was resoundingly rejected in a snap June election.

Brexit Is A Chance To Reignite Britain's Ability To Inspire And Enthral

Suella Fernandes | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Politics
Suella Fernandes

So now is the time for those who campaigned to leave the EU and those who see the opportunity ahead even if they didn't campaign for it, to unite in painting that bold and bright vision of the future of our country and of the world. For those that can't see this or won't, the politics of yesterday may be good enough but not for me.

The #GCCCrisis: Conflict Resolution Or Trade Consolidation?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Dr Harry Hagopian

First, it was the turn of the German Foreign Minister. Then came the US Secretary of State, only to be followed by the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs. A fortnight later, the Turkish president flew into Kuwait, followed by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The EU Pushes On Its Free Trade Agenda, But What Will It Mean For Brexit?

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

Britain will have a say on this, but it may be the very last time we can influence an EU trade deal. Whether we retain any powers in this respect after 2019 is entirely up to the Brexit deal and the choices made by the government.

The Problem With Post-Brexit Trade Deals

Rob Adam | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Politics
Rob Adam

They say history repeats itself but never in the same way. In 1839, a Chinese scholar-official called Lin Zexu launched a campaign against British opium imports, which had made addicts of between four and twelve million Chinese people. The British responded with barbaric force, sending gunboats up the Yellow and Yangtze rivers and - at gunpoint - forcing "free" trade on the country.

Brexit: Economic Benefit vs Political Gain

Alexander Cairns | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Politics
Alexander Cairns

"Brexit means Brexit" the famous buzz line, the words echoed by senior Government ministers and the prime minister, time and time again over the last year and yet the so called simplistic line, used to describe to the British public and media, what leaving the EU means, seems to have disappeared from our papers, but why?

We Need Transparent And Progressive Trade To Combat Public Disillusion With Politics

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

As a block of 500 million people, Europe is arguably the most desirable trading partner in the world, even more so since the collapse of the Trans Pacific Partnership following the election of Donald Trump.

Theresa May's Deal With Donald Trump Will Harm The UK Much More Than Brexit

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK Politics
Kieran Turner-Dave

TTIP aimed to curb regulations and remove all customs duties on corporations trading between the US and the EU, as well as removing 'non-tariff trade barriers'. This broad and ill-defined term included any law, financial regulation, ethical code, health standard or environmental protection that restricted the operations of US corporations within the EU.

Was Theresa May's Storm In An Easter Egg-Cup A Welcome Diversion From Saudi Arabia's Abysmal Human Rights Record?

Neil Durkin | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK
Neil Durkin

There's a lot more one could say about Saudi Arabia's almost unimaginably bad human rights record. But unless something miraculous happens, Theresa May won't mention of any of this during her time in Riyadh. A semi-ritualistic reference along the lines of "a range of issues were discussed, including human rights" is probably all we'll get.

No-Deal Brexit And Fear

Dr Ioannis Glinavos | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Ioannis Glinavos

What would be the result of zero tariffs for our British lamp manufacturer? They would be able to import their components with ease, but their exports would hit the same costs as one faces now when trading overseas.

Manchester United Announce Deal With Halal Online Shopping Site

Lauren Booth | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Sport
Lauren Booth

Manchester United, on Wednesday, announced a five year sponsorship agreement with the world's first halal e-marketplace. The club's latest branding ...

What Should A US-UK Trade Deal Be Based On?

Warwick Lightfoot | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Politics
Warwick Lightfoot

Negotiating a trade agreement will not be easy. The UK, however, has some real advantages. Trying to take advantage of these strengths, and build on our long standing common interests is worth a try.

The New Special Relationship?

Stuart Thomson | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Politics
Stuart Thomson

The meeting of Donald Trump and Theresa May took on a significance way beyond the usual meeting of two world leaders. Whatever the actual outcomes of this meeting, the question is really about what type of relationship the UK wants to have with the US.

Theresa May Must Challenge Trump's Climate-Wrecking Policies

Craig Bennett | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Craig Bennett

Trump cannot carry out his sweeping 'America first' promise and make trade deals work. May visiting now, before we understand the degree to which he plans on seeing this promise through, is very poor judgement.

From War Bonds To Wall Bonds: How To Pay For The Great Wall Of America

Dr Ioannis Glinavos | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Ioannis Glinavos

However, grand projects come with large bills. How is Mr Trump to pay for his Great Wall of America? Is this destined to be another white elephant infrastructure project, beloved of nationalistic leaders across the ages and around the world?

What Could Be In The Brexit White Paper?

Marley Morris | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Politics
Marley Morris

This only scratches the surfaces of how the negotiations might proceed. But if the government's White Paper is going to be worth its salt it will need to address each of these critical areas with pragmatism and foresight. Only with a clear negotiating strategy can the government secure a favourable deal...

UK Business Needs To Prepare For A Post-Brexit World

John Williams | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
John Williams

In an unprecedented move that will change trade, export and international relations as we know it, the Prime Minister has confirmed that the United Kingdom will be leaving the European single market and the EU Customs Union upon full withdrawal from the European Union in 2019.

British Trade And Retail Has A Shot At A Sunny Future In A Post-Brexit World

Helen Dickinson | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
Helen Dickinson

It's a path that can lead to better products, better shopping experiences and better jobs. Although numerous dangers and obstacles lie ahead in the quest to turn ambition into reality, British retail now has a shot at an exciting future in a changing, post-Brexit world.

The Single Market - EU Smoke And Mirrors!

Diane James MEP | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Politics
Diane James MEP

It is a preposterous suggestion to say that the European Union is a single market. It is NOT, NEVER has been, and NEVER will be.

UK Government Must Lay Out Trade Strategy As Brexit Threatens Already Weak Exports

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Politics
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement last month unmasked a series of Brexit bombshells for the Scottish and UK economies. Higher debt, higher borrowing, higher inflation and slower economic growth. And all that without even addressing the Brexit elephant in the room - the UK's membership of the Single Market. A market to which access is key to jobs and businesses across the UK.

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.