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British bid to join WTO GPA delayed – but deal still likely
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British bid to join WTO GPA delayed – but deal still likely

The UK must wait at least another month to learn the fate of its bid to accede to the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement post-Brexit, after the latest meeting of member countries in Geneva failed to approve its accession bid. There are no fundamental obstacles to the UK’s request …

Southworth: Bring overseas countries into the British post-Brexit trade conversation
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Southworth: Bring overseas countries into the British post-Brexit trade conversation

Chris Southworth, secretary general of the International Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom, shares his views with Borderlex’s Iana Dreyer on Britain’s prospects as a trading nation after Brexit. On the menu: the UK in the World Trade Organization in the Trump era, rolling over 40 existing EU trade agreements with …

Services domestic regulation: WTO subgroup makes headway below radar
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Services domestic regulation: WTO subgroup makes headway below radar

Is small beautiful? And is not having the United States on board a trade negotiation even more so? That could well be, as shown by the state of very below-the-radar discussions on ‘services domestic regulation’ unfolding in the World Trade Organization. A group of about 30 WTO members have been …

UK businesses raise alarm over state of Brexit planning for FTA ‘rollovers’
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UK businesses raise alarm over state of Brexit planning for FTA ‘rollovers’

Concern is growing in the UK business community about the government’s state of preparedness for ‘rolling over’ existing EU trade accords with third countries after Brexit. While government officials in London remain adamant that discussions are progressing well with the 60 or so countries with which the EU has a …

Brexit Notes – UK minister: rollover of EU FTAs with rich countries ‘will be difficult’
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Brexit Notes – UK minister: rollover of EU FTAs with rich countries ‘will be difficult’

The Department for International trade is working hard behind the scenes to try to ‘roll over’ as many EU free trade agreements as possible for Brexit date. Several months ago, DIT officials were often heard making optimistic statements about the likelihood of having these agreements ready by next March. How …

UK says will be ready to roll over SADC trade deal post-Brexit – but will it?
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UK says will be ready to roll over SADC trade deal post-Brexit – but will it?

The UK will be ready to activate an economic partnership agreement with southern African countries from the first day after Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May said yesterday. But nothing is done yet, writes Chris Horseman. A joint statement between the UK and the countries of the Southern African Development Community, …