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Perspectives: ‘Global Britain’ is dead – long live a realistic UK trade policy 

The Tory ‘Global Britain’ mantra is likely to disappear with their expected election defeat in early July. Despite some policy successes – most notably their accession Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership – London’s policy was driven by far too much wishful thinking. That is now ending. 

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EU parliament and trade after the elections: less ‘green’, more open to deals?

The European Parliament elections closed on Sunday evening with one major result: a centre that is holding amidst a predicted far right surge. In the area of trade policy MEPs might well become more open to deal making, but the EU’s overall direction of travel will be harder to read …

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Comment: EU 2024 elections could herald a trade policy of the ‘returns coordinator’

The far-right shift in European Union mainstream politics is set to reach a new stage in the coming parliament elections. It has already infected the EU’s trade policy as witnessed by interinstitutional negotiations over trade preferences for developing countries.  Will the infection spread  to other trade policy areas in the …

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Perspectives: Five years that transformed EU trade policy 

The outgoing leadership team in the European Union has overseen an unusually significant legislative programme affecting trade since 2019. Growth is clearly no longer the defining priority as Brussels gets increasingly involved in the day-to-day operations of firms.   The European Parliament’s approval of the EU’s new corporate sustainability due …