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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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Miraculous catch or struggling to stay afloat? Early thoughts on the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference.

    And so,  in the final watch of the night, the WTO’s negotiators cast their nets one final time, and reeled in a collection of declarations and decisions. The “Geneva Package” isn’t  a haul of biblical proportions. But it did include a multilateral agreement, that has been over 20 years in the making, on eliminating the  […]

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    An enhanced UK-Switzerland FTA: what are the main issues?

      The UK and Switzerland jointly announced that they would begin exploratory work this year on negotiating a “modernised and enhanced” Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The two countries also announced that they would try and conclude a mutual recognition agreement on financial services by the end of 2023. We consider some of the issues. Some quirky […]

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      The Times, They Are a-Changin’

        The consequences of the war in Ukraine will be far reaching because the conflict is acting as a catalyst for deep-seated shifts in global economic governance, and trade in particular. Nearly fifty days after Russia invaded Ukraine, the costs of war are escalating at every level. The death toll, difficult to determine for a variety […]

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        Trade and Climate Change – Five Points to Consider

          With COP-26 starting today and one month to go until the 12th  WTO ministerial conference, the trade-climate nexus is under the spotlight yet again. We will host a panel to discuss these questions. You can register here. In the meantime, here is a quick overview of some of the questions by way of background. We […]

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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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