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.
The aim of this briefing is to describe what happens under WTO rules if there is ‘no deal’.
Tory Brexiteers' claim that WTO rules let them pull a rabbit out of the hat is pure magical thinking 02/09/2019
Does the World Trade Organization (WTO) have a magic legal provision, one that Britain can use to get out of the “no-deal” Brexit jail?
To make Brexit happen, Boris needs to work with the Eurocrats he’s insulted. Fat chance they’ll help him now 08/08/2019
As our prime minister and the no-deal zealots of his cabinet revel in Brexit brinkmanship it is worth recalling the legal realities of what threatens to be our post Halloween world.
An NHS sell-off, lower food standards and secretive corporate courts: the battles facing Britain's new trade secretary 26/07/2019
Boris Johnson’s new trade secretary will be tasked with negotiating as many new trade deals as possible. Here are some fault-lines expected to emerge over the coming months.
What is GATT 24: What is the WTO clause at the centre of Andrew Neil's grilling of Boris Johnson 13/07/2019
Johnson, frontrunner in Tory leadership race, admitted he 'did not know' detail of WTO rule he planned to invoke.
“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.
Attorney General confirmed that in a No Deal Brexit, article 24 of GATT cannot be invoked unilaterally by the UK 04/07/2019
The Attorney General confirmed that in a No Deal Brexit, article 24 of GATT cannot be invoked unilaterally by the UK; and the EU can't and won't participate bilaterally. No Deal means the end of tariff free trade between the UK and EU - #Boris is wrong.
Why One Brexit Trade Myth Refuses to Die 28/06/2019
For supporters of Boris Johnson, it’s doubly useful to pretend that international trade rules offer a free pass to a painless Brexit.
Making sense of the Article XXIV smokescreen 27/06/2019
In my previous post I made reference to the recent upsurge of Brexiter interest in GATT Article XXIV. As noted there, it was mentioned as a way of avoiding the damage of no-deal Brexit by Boris Johnson in one of the leadership debates. Shortly afterwards, his claim was debunked by Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England (£) but he has continued to push it in interviews this week.
Red wine on the couch, Alternative Arrangements on the Border, Tory leadership hopefuls on the campaign trail and the EU on 'no deal' high alert.
Remainiacs Ep. 122: POWER, CORRUPTION AND LIES with Brian Klaas, author of How To Rig An Election 28/06/2019
As the Tory leadership race is buried under an avalanche of dead cats, we’re joined by political analyst Brian Klaas – assistant professor of global politics at UCL, expert on authoritarianism... / Ian tells you how to destroy the GATT 24 argument in less than 30 seconds. How Boris Johnson’s June 26 2016 column was the ur-text of Brexit lies.
New European: Boris Busted 28/06/2019
Steve Anglesey and TNE digital editor Jono Read discuss the conspiracy theories surrounding Tory favourite Boris Johnson’s bizarre interview about painting wine crates and why Gatt Article 24 won’t solve a no-deal Brexit.
Trade minister rejected Boris Johnson’s claim exporters would be spared tariffs after no deal
Boris Johnson’s ‘implementation period’ and five other Tory leadership Brexit plans already rejected or doomed to fail 25/06/2019
What are the Brexit proposals put forward - and why will they probably be rejected?
Emma Barnett interviews Daniel Kawczynski on Boris Johnson's claim about GATT Article XXIV. He doesn't know what it is but he's sure that Boris or Peter Lilley is right about it.
As the Conservative Party in the UK enters the final phase of its leadership race, the contenders were encouraged by European leaders to be realistic about what they could expect to achieve on Brexit when they enter No. 10 Downing Street.
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.
Mark Carney debunks the counterfactual claim made by leading Brexiters, including Boris Johnson, that Art. 24 of GATT allows for continued free trade with the EU after a no deal exit.
After a question about Brexit, trade and the Irish border, Boris Johnson says there wouldn't be tariffs with the EU because the UK could rely on GATT 24 allowing tariff free trade. That's wrong - both sides need to agree a trade deal first.