UK Trade

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.

Deficit Wouldn't Make EU Desperate to Deal With UK

Hugo Dixon | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Politics
Hugo Dixon

As if that's not enough, the argument that the EU needs us because we have a deficit assumes the only good thing about trade is exports. But imports are beneficial too. If EU exports to the UK were artificially restricted, our consumers would be harmed. They would have to pay more when they shop and would have less choice. It's particularly odd to find Tory free-marketeers, who are supposed to understand the flaws of mercantilism, ignoring this point.

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 com...

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

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 28.07.2016 | 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 Inves...

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

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 08.07.2016 | 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 02.07.2016 | 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 25.06.2016 | 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.