UK Trade

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 / Shutterstock.com 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.

How Can the UK Get Its Exchange Rate Down?

John Mills | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

In the UK we have real difficulty in facing up to having, arguably, the most overvalued currency in the world. We need to get our exchange rate down or we'll never secure sustainable long-term growth. But how does a government make this happen?

Ruling Out an Offshore Airport Would Be a Mistake

Adam Afriyie | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

We want to see the UK close its goods trade deficit from a worrying £9bn; we want to see British businesses shipping UK products all around the world, from Cambodia to Canada; and we want to see these exporting companies creating jobs and wealth. If we want to realise this ambition, we will need at least three, possibly five, extra runways over the next few decades.

Five Key Takeaways on Russia's Relations With the West

Ruth Green | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Green

After months of fraught relations between Russia and the West which have seen a flurry of tit-for-tat sanctions triggered by the growing unrest in Ukraine, the final straw seemed to come with the suspected downing on 17 July of flight MH17 over Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists.

The Political Cost of Economic Mismanagement

John Mills | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Politics
John Mills

The extent to which the UK and most of the rest of the Western world are currently mismanaging our economies clearly has a huge financial cost. In the longer term, however, the political cost will be even greater than the economic price - unless we see radical changes in policy. The failure of the West to deliver a reasonable economic performance - combined with the related problem of widespread inability to get difficult decisions taken - has led an increasingly large number of people across the world to consider whether more authoritarian of running modern diversified economies might work better than those based on liberal democracy.

Asa Bennett

Ten Damning Facts On Osborne's Failure To Get Britain Exporting

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron used a trip to Liverpool on Monday to boast about the coalition's commitment to get British businesses exporting as part of the planned ...

Landmark European Elections Deliver Political Earthquake

Andrew Hammond | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Hammond

Voters from the 28 member nations of the European Union delivered an election earthquake on May 25. Results show major gains in the European Parliament for anti-integration, Euroskeptic parties which span the ideological spectrum from the extreme-right National Front which won the ballot in France, to the far-left Syriza Party which came first in Greece.

EU Exit Talk Is 'Anti-Jobs And Anti-Business', Warns Balls

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Balls has warned that "even talking" of Britain leaving the European Union is "anti-jobs and anti-business" as it would create "huge uncertainty" f...