Rebecca Harding (CEO)

Why the G7 matters to Boris Johnson

Why does the G7 matter? In the recent past, it has been largely a talking shop for the leaders of the world’s biggest economies, who gather for a couple of days before sendingout a communiqué generally agreeing that the western consensus should be maintained, and that globalisation is a good thing socially and economically.   Last year, all that changed. Who will forget the picture of Angela Merkel, surrounded by the leaders of Japan, Canada, the UK, France, Italy and the EU, standing behind a table with both hands forcefully…

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Where’s the beef? Why we aren’t out of the woods in US-EU trade talks just yet

On August 2nd, the US and the EU announced a trade deal. The two parties have been locked in discussions since Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Trump agreed to work towards a free trade agreement in 2018. But on Friday, the EU agreed to buy 45,000 tonnes more hormone-free beef from outside of the EU over the next seven years. Around 80% of this beef will come from the US. This was announced to cheers and celebrations all round, especially on the Trump campaign trail. …

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Time to get serious about trade: towards the sunlit uplands?

Dr. Rebecca Harding CEO Coriolis Technologies The UK’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson, is not known for his attention to detail. His approach to Brexit is couched in terms of `taking back control’, which is great for grabbing attention but not for the reality that he will face as soon as he walks through the door of Number 10. Unfortunately for Boris – and indeed the UK – trade policy, and more importantly trade politics, are at the best of…

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Why Xi and Trump’s meeting at the G20 will not be the end game

Dr. Rebecca Harding CEO 23rd June 2019 The G20 Summit is scheduled for the end of the coming week. It is widely expected that Presidents Xi and Trump will meet in an attempt to reinvigorate trade talks that seemed to collapse last month. Any meeting will fall far short of the full-on Summit that was originally planned but, while there are still discussions going on, there is hope. After all, trade jaw-jaw is better than trade war-war, as I have…

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