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Comment: Squaring the circle in UK-EU trade relations with a triangle

As a ‘hard’ Brexit looms, reviving TTIP could help bridge the gap between the EU, the UK and the US, argues Peter Chase.   As the United Kingdom edges towards a ‘hard Brexit’ in 2019, incoming United States president Donald Trump’s curious embrace of Brexit and the much-maligned but yet-to-be …

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Transatlantic : EU and US make last trade gestures before Obama administration folds

An era of uncertainty opens in transatlantic relations, as in exactly one week President Obama (20 January 2017) will hand over the reins of power to Donald Trump. The US administration will focus on settling into working mode and not enter major trade negotiations for several months at least. US trade policy is also expected …

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Data, labour mobility and innovation at heart of TABC concerns over Brexit

The Trans-Atlantic Business Council has released its member’s views on what they want to see preserved once the United Kingdom leaves the EU, a process which is expected to start in the spring 2017. The business group highlights issues related to the knowledge economy: labour mobility, data, and research and innovation. …

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In brief: Obama and Merkel on TTIP

Still talking about TTIP?   Well TTIP, the controversial transatlatantic trade agreement launched in 2013 is not for now. With Donald Trump just elected as US president, the Obama administration winding down and the French and Germans bracing for difficult elections next year.   Yet the two most powerful players in the TTIP game …

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Trump election: Business must now step up its public engagement for open rules-based trade

Despite his highly protectionist rhetoric, Donald Trump as president is not likely to implement many of his electoral promises on trade. But lessons must be learnt from the US election campaign – as from the Brexit campaign a few months earlier. Businesses can no longer take for granted that the …

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The three Trump advisers to watch on trade

President elect Donal Trump has been putting together his transitional advisory team. The advisors he chose largely reflect views Mr Trump himself aired throughout his election campaign.   We have: one Republican calling for NAFTA renegotiation, a steel magnate irate about China, and an economist accusing China of all ills, …

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De Gucht: TTIP is dead

Former EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht, who launched the transatlantic TTIP negotiations in 2013, said  “TTIP, at least for the time being, is dead”.   This is in reaction to the election of Donald Trump to become the 45th US president of the United States, and ahead of gathering …