After Brexit, Britain’s farmers must come first

19 May

Tories were rebels once. And in morphing from Franco-Scottish, krypto-Catholic revolutionaries to Anglican English conservatives, they found a way to express both their patriotism and their independence: by the eating of beef. Beef stood for courage, manliness and the fighting spirit; indeed, as Ben Rogers mentions in his sparkling book on the subject, Georgian British […]

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Great expectations? A US-UK trade deal will most likely disappoint

13 May

The great fanfare around the US-UK trade agreement creates expectations that almost certainly will not be met, argues Dalibor Rohac (AEI). While the Trump administration is looking for an easy deal and a symbolic gesture, it stands little chance of getting through the current House of Representatives, or being upheld by a Biden White House. Negotiating … Continued

UK-US Free Trade Agreement Negotiations Have Officially Begun

5 May

Despite Covid-19, UK-US Free Trade Agreement negotiations officially started today, with 100 negotiators on each side conducting talks over the next two weeks. The next negotiating round is already scheduled for June. UK chief negotiator Oliver Griffiths, spoke with his US equivalent Dan Mullaney, this afternoon kicking off the formal talks via video link. These […]

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Theresa Villiers: Some close to the Government are willing to see the complete liberalisation of trade in agriculture. They’re wrong – and here’s why.

1 Apr

We should make any such reductions in tariffs conditional on meeting standards of food safety, animal welfare and environmental protection which are as good as our own.

Theresa Villiers: Some close to the Government are willing to see the complete liberalisation of trade in agriculture. They’re wrong – and here’s why.

1 Apr

We should make any such reductions in tariffs conditional on meeting standards of food safety, animal welfare and environmental protection which are as good as our own.

Why doesn’t Britain value its farmers?

31 Mar

They say eight people in our little village have got this plague. It seems weird that it would have found its way here, to these isolated northern farming valleys, where the snow clings on to the high fells, and the woodsmoke rises from the scattered farmhouses. I always imagined that the apocalypse would look a […]

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Read In Full: The UK’s US FTA Plans

2 Mar

This morning the Department for International Trade has released its economic analysis of the forthcoming free trade agreement with the United States. Back of the queue feels a very long time ago… The document focusses on the regional benefits of a US-UK FTA, saying “Scotland is expected to be one of the parts of the […]

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British Ports Already Jostling for Freeport Status

10 Feb

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak has announced a ten week consultation to rapidly establish ten freeports across the UK, covering sea, air, and rail ports. The ports, once designated as free, will have no domestic taxes levied on any goods within them. Taxes will only be levied when a product leaves the freeport, […]

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Boris Bans the ‘B’-Word and Champions Free Trade

3 Feb

Boris’ tub-thumping speech this morning championed free trade and set out Britain’s future trade ambitions with both the EU and the rest of the world. Guido was hoping to clip the best bit, but unfortunately there were simply too many; so watch the full speech here.  Boris announced, in what was perhaps the most ideological […]

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What Corbyn Claims the Documents Say Versus What they Actually Say

27 Nov

Guido thought he’d factcheck Corbyn’s claims on what the unredacted documents say – and it turns out there was quite a lot of contortion on Corbyn’s part to interpret the documents as menacingly as he presented them. There’s already a lot of push back from the Department for Trade pointing out the documents were not […]

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