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Technical briefing: EU Commission offers glimpse of ‘hard’ Brexit
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Technical briefing: EU Commission offers glimpse of ‘hard’ Brexit

Be prepared to run away from Britain, and to run fast. That is, in short, the message the European Commission is sending to non-EU exporters and to UK exporters as part of its ‘Brexit preparedness’ activities with businesses representatives. The commission has been issuing a long list of notices to …

EU Japan EPA text analysis – Easy on the ambition?
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EU Japan EPA text analysis – Easy on the ambition?

The European Commission published the bulk of the text of the EU Japan Economic Partnership Agreement in early December last year.   Below some highlights of the pact and some comments – result of your truly’s Christmas break reading. The deal favours significantly EU exporters and is relatively unambitious in services.

Insight: How the EU intends to fast-track its multilateral investment court plans
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Insight: How the EU intends to fast-track its multilateral investment court plans

The EU Commission is preparing the ground for negotiations towards a multilateral investment court – MIC. Member states will be working on a negotiating mandate in the coming weeks and months. Nikos Lavranos explains that the Commission hopes to fast-track the process by taking the so-called ‘Mauritius approach’.    On …

Monthly Trade Briefing: Brexit – a new beginning for UK trade policy (Part 3)
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Monthly Trade Briefing: Brexit – a new beginning for UK trade policy (Part 3)

This post is continued from Part 2. United Kingdom FTAs post Brexit   Many in the UK’s ‘Leave’ camp have argued Britain would be free to negotiate free trade agreements with emerging markets like China, with the United States and with Commonwealth countries.   One of the reasons the ‘Leave’ …

Monthly Trade Briefing: Brexit – a new beginning for UK trade policy (Part 2)
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Monthly Trade Briefing: Brexit – a new beginning for UK trade policy (Part 2)

  This post is continued from Part 1. Defining the UK’s status quo in the WTO   Except in the unlikely above ‘customs union’ scenario, Britain will need to define a new trade policy strategy.   This involves defining economic policy priorities, and clarifying current commitments in the WTO, especially …