UK Trade

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.

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!

Everyone Loves A Puppy, Don't They?

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.