Made in the UK, sold to business?

By Tiffany Burrows Amidst the onslaught of bad news for the government over the past few weeks, the Department for International Trade (DIT) published its Export Strategy, aimed at encouraging more British businesses to export. Government research shows that exporting supports 6.5 million jobs and that exporters pay higher wages, while other data  indicates exporting businesses are more than…

Article 16: FAQs

Article 16 of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol provides a mechanism for the UK or the EU to take “safeguard measures” to reduce any serious problems stemming from the operation of the Protocol. This special deal was agreed as part of the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement and seeks to prevent the introduction of a hard border between…

How can international trade help the UK achieve its COP26 goals?

By Ciaran Gill After having been postponed by a year due to the impact of a global pandemic that has upended many aspects of our lives, COP26 has finally kicked off in Glasgow. Since December 2019, when COP25 was held in Madrid, Spain (under the presidency of the Chilean Government), the environment has become much…

Trade Tuesday: Global Investment Summit 2021

Overview Today, International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed 200 Chief Executives from across the globe to encourage foreign direct investment (FDI) by showcasing the best of British innovation when it comes to tackling climate change. The Prime Minister made several announcements, including £10 billion of overseas investment into UK wind…

A new Trade Secretary: what’s next?

Ciaran Gill analyses what Anne-Marie Trevelyan’s appointment as the new Secretary of State for International Trade means for the UK’s trade activities, particularly in relation to its ‘green trade’ ambitions. In a week of political intrigue, Boris Johnson’s ministerial reshuffle saw Elizabeth Truss MP move from the role of Secretary of State for International Trade…

#TradeTuesday: The PM’s new trade envoys

In case you missed it, the Prime Minister appointed ten new Trade Envoys last week. Their job? To help make the most of the UK’s trading relationships. Check out our team’s summary of who the appointees are. We also evaluated the data from the four quarters to the end of Q1 2021 to see what…

New Perm Sec takes the helm at DIT

By Tiffany Burrows This summer has seen a change in leadership within the Department for International Trade (DIT). No, a Cabinet reshuffle has not passed you by, but a change of the department’s top civil servant may well have done. Former Permanent Secretary Antonia Romeo moved to the Ministry of Justice in January this year, with…

Unexploded Ordinance in an Old Trade War

Independence Day was celebrated in the US over the weekend and for #TradeTuesday, our US colleague Phil Elwood penned a piece about the implications for the US and its international trade policy of an historic dispute between the US and Antigua Nearly a decade ago ago, the United States committed a serious oversight in their…

UK – Australia trade deal: Down Under coming out on top

The UK Government announced today that it has secured a free trade agreement (FTA) with Australia. Below, Sabine Tyldesley and Matthew Williams analyse the deal from both a UK and Australian perspective, identifying who the big winners are, and determining whether the deal is more symbolic or substantial. Perspective from Australia – By Matt Williams …