UK trade activity is brisk again after a short pause following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and her funeral on Monday.
It has been a generally quiet week for trade policy in the UK, with all parliamentary activity suspended in the run-up to the Queen’s funeral next Monday (19 September). But Northern Ireland continues to loom as an irritant between London and Brussels.
It’s back to school week in London and the old simmering disagreements with the EU are rearing their head again.
The United Kingdom is entering the last part of its second year as an autonomous trading country with a new prime minister about to take charge. But trade policy will most likely not change direction. Here’s what’s on the agenda.
The United Kingdom has been busy working with Gulf countries on trade, liberalising its tariff regime inherited from the EU, and pursuing fights with the EU.
The European Commission has initiated fresh legal action against the United Kingdom over its failure to implement the Northern Ireland protocol.
While the Tory Party in the United Kingdom consumes itself with a leadership contest and the British parliament debates a bill which would unilaterally suspend the Northern Ireland protocol, the European Union’s plan for enforcement of the provisions of the EU-UK Withdrawal and Trade and Cooperation Agreements is making solid …
The European Union has agreed to drop a World Trade Organization dispute settlement case against the United Kingdom. This follows an agreement by London to remove elements in a green energy incentive programme which Brussels had viewed as discriminatory against EU suppliers.
This week’s UK trade focus: Turkey, steel, Northern Ireland.
While the world was glued to their smartphone screens for updates on the 12th ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization in Geneva, some might have missed that this has been once again a turbulent week in the United Kingdom’s trade policy. By Chris Horseman and a little extra input …