Brexit

The realpolitik of post-Brexit trade with the EU

Dr. Rebecca Harding CEO Coriolis Technologies Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit approach to the UK’s relationship with the EU had its first airing on Monday. He excluded the possibility of regulatory alignment or level playing fields and instead laid out a vision for the UK based on its right to set its own standards, trade in its own way with whomever it likes, and control its own borders. His government, and specifically the foreign secretary Dominic Raab, is already urging a zero…

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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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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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Why UK politicians should look before they leap when deciding on Brexit

Dr. Rebecca Harding CEO, Coriolis Technologies With nine days to go until the UK is supposed to leave the EU, if ever there was a time to stop and think about the future of UK trade it is now. The “get Brexit done” mantra has taken hold of political rhetoric since Mr Johnson became prime minister, and as a result there is a real risk that some of the aspects of the current political declaration for trade will be at…

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