Strategic trade is the future of post-Brexit Britain

Dr. Rebecca Harding CEO, Coriolis Technologies The Brexit referendum was a watershed moment for global trade. The vote to leave was based on a populist sentiment that came from a now well-documented sense of exclusion from the benefits of globalisation. This same populism catalysed the rise of economic nationalism in the US, the election of President Trump and the subsequent weaponisation of trade. Trade wars, and the weakening of global trade institutions like the World Trade Organization are the result.…

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Slippery slopes: why no-one will be talking about trade at Davos

Dr. Rebecca Harding CEO Coriolis Technologies 20th January 2020 As the world’s leaders gather in Davos, there is a sigh of geoeconomic relief going around the world. A phase one trade deal between the US and China was struck on January 15 and US and European stock markets had their best week since August as a result. UK businesses meanwhile were given a resound ticking off by the chancellor, Sajid Javid, at the weekend, who essentially said: “Brexit is happening,…

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Turkey and Russia inaugurate TurkStream

The inauguration of a third gas pipeline between Russia and Turkey yesterday marked a new dawn for relations between the two countries. The TurkStream pipeline, which runs for 930km under the Black Sea, will carry 31.5 billion cubic metres a year of Russian gas to Turkey’s western province. This deepening of Turkish dependence on Russian energy would have been near-unthinkable just a few years ago, when tensions came to a head in 2015 after Turkey shot down a Russian Sukhoi…

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Brexit, the game: why trade deals aren’t as important as the politics

Rebecca Harding CEO Coriolis Technologies 20th December 2020 Make no mistake, there is now no doubt. The UK is leaving the EU on January 31. There will then be a transition period to the end of 2020, nominally to allow the economy to adjust but actually to allow the future of our trade relationship with Europe to be determined. During this time, it will be possible to strike new trade deals, for example with the United States, but those deals cannot…

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Who cares about trade? Why the UK election suggests no-one does

Dr. Rebecca Harding CEO Coriolis Technologies By rights, the upcoming UK election should be an election about trade. “It’s the economy, stupid” was the message that won Bill Clinton the US presidency during the then-prevailing recession. And if economics matters to the British voting public, then this should be the one that counts. Economists are queuing up to say how much lower growth is now compared to where it would have been had the UK not voted to leave the…

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