It’s a long edition of Week in London. But it’s worth the read as it indicates change is happening in post-Brexit Britain in relation to the country’s new trade policy.
UK Australia & NZ
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.
Parliament has been busy on trade this week.
Concerns about the UK government’s openness to scrutiny over the conduct of its trade policy re-emerged this week after the UK-Australia free trade agreement was ratified by default – without a vote, or even a debate, in parliament.
Here’s what’s been happening on trade policy in the United Kingdom this week.
Both the United Kingdom and the European Union have agreed free trade agreements with New Zealand this year. While there are many differences in text – some particularly striking such as in agriculture market access – these shouldn’t be exaggerated. The UK and EU competing for trade agreements might even …
It’s been a huge week in London. The key developments on top government and party politics amidst Johnson’s resignation were covered separately here. But there were other developments of note…
The United Kingdom’s free trade agreement with Australia has the potential to deliver benefits for British businesses – but the deal begs a range of thus-far unanswered questions about the government’s overall trade and economic strategy.
The possibility of a delay in the vote to ratify the United Kingdom’s first post-Brexit free trade agreement has significantly increased after a longstanding row between MPs and ministers over timelines for the ratification process burst into the open this week.