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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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Democracy, Referenda, and Brexit

A new “People’s Vote”? Less than six months now remain until the legal date for Brexit of 29 March 2019.  In the last few days there have been some more optimistic-sounding briefings on both sides of the Channel about the prospects for agreement, but these were quickly toned down. There is still no agreement, either […]

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What moves on Free Movement?

Along with the Irish border, the question of free movement was one of the seemingly intractable questions at the recent EU summit in Salzburg. Put simply the EU does not want to convey the impression that it is possible  for the UK – or any other member -to give up a commitment to this key […]

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Commentary

US Economic Sanctions against Iran: How can other Trading Countries Protect Legitimate Business?

An image of a cooling tunnel in a nuclear plant.

US and the Iran nuclear deal President Trump is reimposing the full range of United States economic and trade sanctions against Iran following his unilateral decision in May 2018 to pull the US out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the so-called Iran nuclear deal).  That deal was reached with Iran in July 2015 […]

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Brexit: The UK Government’s Negotiating Proposals for Goods

Introduction The UK Government’s long-awaited White Paper setting out a negotiating position on post-Brexit trade and other relations with the European Union was published on July 12 2018.  Previous Government statements on these issues mostly expressed generalised aspirations for the UK’s future relations with the Union and with other trade partners world-wide.  The White Paper […]

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Knowledge

An interactive trade policy simulator for the UK

    The White Paper on future arrangements between the UK and the European Union (EU) proposes a free trade agreement (FTA) between both parties. It also sets out the UK’s objective of pursuing an independent trade policy. This includes signing FTAs with global trade partners. The United States, Australia and New Zealand are specifically mentioned. And […]

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    Commentary

    What if Brexit Leads to “No Deal”?

    Throughout the Brexit process an eventual “No deal” situation has been held out to the public of the United Kingdom variously as a horror scenario or as a launch-pad for future national development. The prospects of a “No deal” outcome, and the conflicting views as to what it means, have been expressed with considerable force […]

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