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July 21, 2017
This week as David Davis met the EU’s chief negotiator, much of the initial exchange will seem to be a side show – with the politics of holding the EU together dominating the EU approach, while Britain should focus on its future trade arrangements. Here, David Collins considers the legal issues involved with the UK’s post-Brexit trade opportunities, focusing on a UK-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the UK’s status within the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Given limited legal obstacles there is every likelihood that an FTA with Europe will be achieved within the next few years. Even without one, the UK should do very well as an independent member of the WTO. It will also be able to form mutually advantageous trading agreements with other countries, maximizing the gains from trade. The publication presents a checklist for strategies for the UK government to pursue in the coming months with a view to achieving the smoothest and most beneficial Brexit possible… Read on
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- Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable MP
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- Rt Hon Frank Field MP
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- Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MP
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- Lord McFall
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The decision to leave the EU by voters in this year's referendum reflected the analyses of economists, lawyers and senior political figures in Politeia's Referendum Series:
Patrick Minford, Flawed Forecast: The Treasury, the EU and Britain's future’, June 2016
Sheila Lawlor, Ruling the Ruler: Parliament, the People and Britain's Political Identity’, June 2016
Government plans for spending follow Vito Tanzi’s recommendations for the state spending to be reduced to 35-40 per cent of GDP in Realistic Recovery: Why Keynesian Solutions Will Not Work, July 2012
The budget's focus on cutting debt, fiscal consolidation and structural reform follows the approach proposed by Ludger Schuknecht in Going for Growth: The Best Course for Sustained Economic Recovery, September 2012
The 2014 Budget promise of a ‘shale gas revolution’ followed Politeia’s focus on the advantages of shale in The Future of Gas in UK Energy Supply with Peter Lilley MP and Prof Robert Mair.
The Prime Minister proposes ‘English Votes for English Laws’ alongside greater devolution to Scotland, a solution recommended by Martin Howe QC in his 2006 Politeia Pamphlet ABC: A Balanced Constitution for the 21st Century,
The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill proposes that jurors who search the web for case details should be jailed, following Dominic Grieve's warning in his 2013 Politeia Address that searching for information online about a trial can be contempt of court, punishable by imprisonment.
New National Curriculum published, includes recommendations by Politeia for history from:
David Abulafia, Jonathan Clark and Robert Tombs, History in the Making: The New Curriculum: Right or Wrong?, April 2013
David Burghes, Primary Problems for the New Curriculum: Tougher Maths, Better Teachers, June 2013
Both are part of Politeia’s Curriculum Series.
Politeia in the News
- 22nd July
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