The Panto Politics of Trade

Richard Bicknell is a Senior Consultant at SEC Newgate UK and a former Senior Special Advisor on Economics and Trade to the Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party and campaign consultant to the UK Conservative Party. He writes about the UK’s approach to trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand.  Pantomime is a true British product….

Brexit: The First 100 Days

Guest blog by Robert Bell, Head of Competition & Regulatory, Rosenblatt Limited Brexit was a defining moment in this country’s modern history. The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), the UK’s new free trade agreement negotiated with the EU, now governs the UK’s trading relationship with the European trading bloc and has radically reshaped the trading…

Shamrock diplomacy on St Patrick’s Day

By Christine Quigley Outside of Ireland, St Patrick’s Day is often associated with shamrocks, green Guinness, public drunkenness and ‘Kiss Me, I’m Irish’ hats. However, in capitals across the world, Ireland’s national day is an opportunity for Ireland to reinforce its soft power and strengthen diplomatic relations. Sometimes dismissed as ‘shamrock diplomacy’, the Irish Government…

The name’s Britain. Global Britain

The Government today published its Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy. Tiffany Burrows, Sabine Tyldesley and Nick Jessup take a look into what the ten-year strategy indicates for Global Britain.  Today (16 March), the UK Government has published its Integrated Review, the culmination of a year-long deep dive into the UK’s future approach to…

Trade – levelling up’s silver bullet?

By Tiffany Burrows The Board of Trade (BoT) published its first quarterly report, titled “Global Britain, Local Jobs” last week (10 March), which it described as an “unabashed case for free and fair trade”. It outlines the areas that the UK can harness to achieve its objectives (digital trade, services and the transition to a…

Playing by the rules – what the new WTO DG means for trade

For those who aren’t familiar with it, the World Trade Organization (WTO) was born in 1995 out of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the rule provider for international trade. Whereas the GATT primarily covered trade in goods, the WTO and its agreements cover trade in services and intellectual property in addition to…

Brexit with a touch of Frost

 By Tiffany Burrows From 1 March, the Prime Minister’s Brexit Adviser, Lord Frost , will join the Cabinet Office as a Minister of State, leading on the UK’s new relationship with the EU. The appointment, announced last week, will see Frost attend Cabinet. . Frost’s appointment to the Cabinet makes him more accountable than his…

The UK’s quest to join the CPTPP

This week, the UK formally applied to become a member of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Our Head of Trade Tiffany Burrows considers why the UK is pursuing membership and suggests the answer is  optics, opportunity and outlook. The UK officially requested to join the CPTPP on 1 February after International…