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 …

The Magnificent (G)7

By Tiffany Burrows Residents and tourists in Cornwall will see any plans they might have had for a quiet weekend in the sun disrupted by the sight of the global and political carnival that is the G7 rolling into town. 2021 sees the UK hold the Group of 7 (G7) presidency and host the annual…

Brexit – gone but not forgotten!

By Phil Briscoe As the fallout continues to unfold from the local elections last week, looking beneath the surface of the English council elections highlights a clear trend in the shifting political support base. Putting all of the other factors to one side, such as Kier Starmer, the pandemic and the levelling-up agenda, voters maintained…

Truss me, we can do it

Eva Rana and Sabine Tyldesley Liz Truss has been International Trade Secretary for nearly two years. This takes her Cabinet tenure to over seven years, making her the longest serving female Cabinet member, missing out on the top spot overall by Michael Gove, who was appointed Education Secretary in May 2010. So who is Liz…

100 Days of President Biden

100 Days into the new administration, Nick Jessup examines how Joe Biden is doing as president. Since the transformative days of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, American presidents have been judged by the first 100 days of their presidency. In some ways, this is an unfair benchmark, as the size and complexity of both the…

The greatest (trade) show in town?

By George Esmond Like a West End director, Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave his expectant backbenchers, cabinet colleagues, Australian counterparts, and the rest of the world a clear indication of Global Britain’s trading tune. “We are the party of Peel” exclaimed the Prime Minister, his reference to 19th Century Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel’s resignation…