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Trade Partnerships

Through its membership of the EU, the UK is currently party to just over 80 trade agreements (31 in force, and over 50 partly in place).  Outside the EU Customs Union, the UK will be free to negotiate its own trade arrangements with any country or trading bloc, including the EU.  But which to pursue first?  And how will the complex inter-relationships and sequencing of negotiations affect the overall results?

Our Trade Partnerships section provides material that delves into the key issues surrounding the UK’s future place in the international trading system.

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The Other “No Deal”: Brexit and FTAs with non-EU countries

    Political debate in the UK has been dominated in the last few months by the issue of the “Irish Backstop”.  Division over the issue has prevented parliamentary ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by the UK Government and the EU.  The impact of the UK leaving the EU  on a “no deal” basis – i.e. […]

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    Can CARIFORUM-UK Trading Relations Survive the Clouds of Uncertainty Hanging over UK-EU Relations?

      Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU create a “policy externality”. That is, their outcome will have effects on third parties that have no direct say in the negotiations. The scope for these externalities increases the more these parties are dependent on the UK and EU for their trade, and the bigger the share […]

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      Brexit – Where now?

      Where the United Kingdom stands now UK politics are in turmoil following the Government’s last-minute decision on 10 December to postpone the House of Commons “meaningful vote” – which had been scheduled for the following day – on the draft UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement and its accompanying Political Declaration on future bilateral relations.  Ministers had been […]

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      Brexit – Wherever Next?

        The EU flag and the UK flag. Post-Brexit Trade.

        BREXIT – WHEREVER NEXT? On November 14 2018 the United Kingdom Cabinet agreed, following what was described as an “impassioned” debate, to the draft EU Withdrawal Agreement and the associated Political Declaration on the future UK/EU relationship which had been negotiated by officials.  That opened the way for the EU 27 heads of government, to […]

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        The UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on Future Arrangements: Five Key Points for UK Trade Policy.

          The EU flag and the UK flag. Post-Brexit Trade.

          In perhaps the most significant development since the UK voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, negotiators representing the UK and the EU member states have struck an agreement on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from EU membership. Accompanying that draft Withdrawal Agreement is a draft Political Declaration that provides a framework […]

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          BREXIT – FOUR MONTHS TO GO

          Where we are now It is now almost a month since the European Council discussion of Brexit on October 17, which had for many months been the target date for agreement on the UK’s terms of withdrawal. That meeting produced no agreement, but also no surprises because expectations on both sides of the Channel had […]

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          Edging towards a people’s vote on Brexit?

            On Saturday October 20 the second, long-planned, march in support of a People’s Vote (that is, a further referendum) on the terms of any eventual Brexit deal took place in London.  In perfect autumn weather the march wound its way from Park Lane through the centre of London in the direction of Parliament Square, where […]

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