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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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Ireland: Caught in the Toils Of Brexit

    In our post entitled Brexit and the Irish border issue dated 9 February 2018, we wrote: The Issue of Brexit and the Irish border – how to avoid creating some form of border within the island of Ireland – has emerged as one of the most difficult in the entire Brexit negotiation. Three and a […]

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    Reflections on the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement

      Agreement at last After more than four years of seemingly interminable negotiation following the United Kingdom’s 2016 referendum decision to leave the European Union, the parties finally concluded a Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) at the very last practicable moment, on Christmas Eve 2020.  Ratification was rushed through both Houses of the UK Parliament on […]

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      Bridge over troubled waters? The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement and the future of UK trade policy

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

        After long and arduous negotiations, the European Union and the United Kingdom signed a Trade and Cooperation Agreement  (TCA) on 24 December 2020. The agreement establishes the basis for the relationship between the two parties from 1 January 2021 onwards. The TCA largely corresponds to what we projected  close to 3 years ago, given the […]

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        The Japan-UK Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) -running to stand still or stepping stone?

          The UK took a first step in its post-Brexit Free Trade Agreement (FTA) agenda by signing the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) on 23rd October. The UK government immediately proclaimed the deal ‘a historic Free Trade Agreement’. Although a detailed analysis will have to be carried based on the newly released legal text, we […]

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          Brexit: Be careful what you wish for

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

            Brexit: Be careful what you wish for   There now seems every likelihood that the United Kingdom and the European Union will fail to reach a formal and definitive agreement on future trade and economic relations to take effect from 1 January 2021.  Thus at the end of the agreed “transition period” on December 31, […]

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            EU-UK: The Chips Are Down

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              Introduction – a dialogue of opposites During the last week of February the European Union Council of Ministers formally endorsed the draft mandate which the European Commission had submitted, setting out objectives for a new long-term relationship with the United Kingdom.  A few days later the UK Government published a White Paper specifying its own […]

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              A tricky triangle: the UK’s negotiation positions for FTAs with the US and the EU

                The UK has published, in quick succession, its negotiating position for free trade agreements with, respectively, the European Union and the United States. It is an ambitious project. Few countries have attempted parallel bilateral negotiations with both the US and the EU simultaneously. Substantial differences between these two parties, especially on key issues of regulation, […]

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                The elusive notion of “a level playing field”

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                  “Level playing-field” has become one of the most commonly used phrases in international trade. It has been used for example, between the United States and China in their current series of trade disputes.   It crops up regularly between the United Kingdom and the European Union in the context of negotiating a long-term economic and trade […]

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