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Week in London: A call for more TCA ambition, EU-UK SPS deal wanted 

The publication of a short but to the point paper published by the influential German think tank Bertelsmann Stiftung on EU UK trade relations signals that a change in mindsets about bilateral post-Brexit relationships is starting to happen in the Eruopean Union. Not least as the Northern Ireland question continues …

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Week in London: EU-UK youth mobility scheme, border checks, CPTPP

The European Commission set out plans for a groundbreaking EU-UK youth mobility scheme – in the same week as it launched the first dispute settlement process against the United Kingdom under the trade and cooperation agreement. Worries also mount over the state of readiness of officials and traders for the …

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EU triggers TCA dispute settlement mechanism in row over UK fishing ban

The European Commission initiated dispute settlement proceedings against the United Kingdom over a British ban on fishing for sandeel in UK waters.  The European Union’s move was announced today in Brussels.   It represents the first time that either side has made use of the dispute settlement provisions under the EU-UK …

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Week in London: New Northern Ireland trade rules, FTA ratification row

Northern Ireland is back in the spotlight. A package of measures to safeguard the UK internal market follows a deal this week allow Northern Ireland business to access UK tariff rate quotas. And there is yet further criticism of the UK’s FTA ratification system. New Northern Ireland trade package sheds …

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Week in London: No more NI-GB-EU meat trade, China CPTPP accession, supply chains paper

Meat traders in Great Britain have lost the flexibility to move imported meat into Northern Ireland for further processing . The UK is taking legislative steps to prepare itself for its forthcoming accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership, but some worry about what happens when China …

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2024 preview: ‘Green’ subsidies head up new agenda for UK trade policy 

The gloss has come off the United Kingdom’s trade policy as it begins its fourth year as an autonomous trading nation.  Viewed initially in London as an exciting expression of the country’s new-found freedom in the post-Brexit era, international trade policy in 2024 has become a rather prosaic affair.