Leaving the EU confronts my former colleagues with a greater challenge than Whitehall has faced for generations.
Country’s claim that meat exports are suffering wins support from 14 countries.
Trade experts have poured cold water on the idea that Britain could invoke an obscure clause in the international trade rules if it leaves the European Union without an agreement, but they say the claim keeps resurfacing to justify a no-deal Brexit.
No deal Brexit: Losing control to the WTO 11/10/2019
No deal Brexit is not the end. It’s only the beginning. To the no-deal Brexiters who say, ‘I just want to leave” or “leave means leave”: you do realise that we will be trying to get a new deals the minute we leave, don’t you?
Remainiacs Ep. 142: O, BUFFER WHERE ART THOU? Johnson’s border plans – plus WTO trade fun 04/10/2019
Government breaks its promise on no customs checks in the island of Ireland / Is Johnson throwing Ireland under the Boris Bus (again)? / Priti Patel decides that Britain is not a country but a Russell Group university. / What really makes Dominic Cummings tick? / Chris Southworth of the International Chamber of Commerce gives us the latest on those amazing WTO terms
Industry body says tariffs put jobs at risk but shares in European drinks makers rise.
Senior MP urges foreign secretary to explain ‘surprising’ claim UK could trade on WTO terms 09/09/2019
The foreign secretary is asked why the UK would want to rely on organisation with ‘inherent flaws’ that ‘even its leader recognises is struggling with legitimacy’.
Theresa May's Brexit deal has been defeated by MPs and the UK is creeping closer to leaving the EU without a deal. But how does a no-deal Brexit actually affect you?
This week: Why Dominic Cummings is putting out information chaff to create the impression of activity. Which good Remainy cause are YOU going to donate your shiny Brexit 50p to? Would Paddington Bear be rejected for Settled Status? Why are the Brexiters placing their faith in the WTO and Trump just as Trump is trying to neuter the WTO itself?
After Trump security adviser John Bolton’s visit it’s clear the price of US backing will be paid both in trade and foreign policy.
“Jumping from league one to league three”: WTO insiders’ scathing assessments of a WTO Brexit 08/07/2019
Plus: the director general contradicts claims that “Gatt 24” would kick in to help. / “If there is no agreement, then Article XXIV would not apply, and the standard WTO terms would,” said Azevêdo.
Tory leadership hopeful is wrong to suggest UK could have tariff-free trade with the EU following a no-deal Brexit, says international body’s chief.
The so-called Most Favoured Nation (MFN) clause contained in several of the EU’s existing trade agreements, could also limit the extent of concessions granted by Brussels to the UK. / This Briefing Paper explains what the MFN clause is and why it could be problematic for the UK. It maps out which EU agreements contain MFN clauses, their scope and the various exceptions they contain.
Russia is among 20 countries that are looking to squeeze a commercial advantage from Brexit after blocking an attempt by the international trade secretary, Liam Fox, to fast-track a World Trade Organization deal on the UK’s terms of trade with the world.
Trade minister rejected Boris Johnson’s claim exporters would be spared tariffs after no deal
Despite calls to 'take back control' the economic reality is that tariffs will be determined by the 'bound rates' that the UK already has in place under the WTO and, ultimately, no tariff regime will make up for loss of access to the EU market
Jacob Rees-Mogg has put his name to an “Economists for Free Trade” (EfT) report claiming a no-deal Brexit would bring a £1.1 trillion boost to the British economy over the next 15 years. This is pure fantasy. The overwhelming consensus amongst economists is that quitting the EU with no deal would be a disaster on a truly magnificent scale.
Regardless of a deal or no-deal Brexit, the current political uncertainties are challenging the UK's position as the premier location for resolving disputes. Commercial courts have already opened in Paris and Amsterdam, with proceedings conducted entirely in English and expressly aimed at competing with the UK.
Either Boris Johnson is trying to bamboozle the public with jargon or he just doesn’t get the basics of how global trade works. Both are bad omens for the man who is likely to be our next prime minister and tasked with navigating a way through the Brexit mess.
The Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, has said that the UK would be hit automatically by tariffs on exports to the EU in a no-deal Brexit, rejecting a claim made by Boris Johnson that this could be avoided.
The man who used to run the WTO says the EU single market, set up by Margaret Thatcher, is ‘the top league’.
Although his plans for citizens' juries to sort out Brexit are interesting, we’ve got our issues with Rory Stewart. But take a listen to him trying to talks sense into a typical “WTO, let’s go“ hard Brexiter on the BBC’s World At One, and your estimation of him will rocket.
Politicians have been bickering about Brexit for the past two years, but everything that has happened so far is just figuring out how we leave the EU - we still have to sort out what kind of relationship we have once we have actually left.