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    For free trade, Canada should reach across the Atlantic to the UK

For free trade, Canada should reach across the Atlantic to the UK

The future of the North American Free Trade Agreement is looking increasingly uncertain under Donald Trump as president of the United States. In case NAFTA implodes, Armand de Mestral proposes the creation of the Atlantic Free Trade Area between Canada and the United Kingdom, in a framework involving Europe and the US.

A close look at NAFTA

NAFTA has been in […]

February 16th, 2017|Featured, Foreign policy|1 Comment|
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    If we make post-Brexit trade deals with China and India, don’t expect Britain to come out on top

If we make post-Brexit trade deals with China and India, don’t expect Britain to come out on top

Britain’s current crop of ministers seem not to have taken on board that the attempted EU-India agreement foundered not because of the rest of the EU but, in substantial part, because Britain rejected it, write Vince Cable and Yu Jie.

A key argument of those who see opportunities, rather than costs, in Brexit is that there will be better trading opportunities with […]

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    What does the supreme court ruling mean for British Parliamentary sovereignty?

What does the supreme court ruling mean for British Parliamentary sovereignty?

The Supreme Court ruled that Theresa May needs to ask Parliament for its consent to notify of the UK’s intention to leave the EU. But she should also work closely with Parliament once the negotiations have started, writes  Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska the CER Insight. 

In the course of the referendum campaign Brexiters claimed that the principle of the supremacy of EU law made the […]

A special Brexit deal for Scotland is highly unlikely

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has indicated that she may call a second independence referendum if the UK government pursues a ‘hard’ Brexit. Paul Anderson writes on the options for Scotland, and the role Spain could play as it seeks to deal with its own secession issue in Catalonia. He states that it is unlikely a special deal for […]

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    Four uncomfortable truths about a quick deal on UK–US trade

Four uncomfortable truths about a quick deal on UK–US trade

Donald Trump has promised that a UK–US trade deal will be ‘done quickly and done properly’ after Brexit. Oliver Ilott, in a post previously published by the Institute for Government, warns a deal would have to overcome four uncomfortable truths.

Donald Trump has said that he wants a UK–US trade deal to be ‘signature ready’ by March 2019. Trade deals […]

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    In a Trumpian world, the UK and the EU need to agree on greater commitments to collective security

In a Trumpian world, the UK and the EU need to agree on greater commitments to collective security

European leaders, including Theresa May, should take Donald Trump’s blatant opportunism at face value. The self-professed “dealmaker” appears intent on striking new international partnerships and stoking latent animosities in an effort to shake up the international order. His aim: stacking the cards more “fairly” for the United States. Paul Angelo argues that if Europe is to figure prominently in […]

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    The UK-US special relationship: between a Trump rock and a Brexit hard place

The UK-US special relationship: between a Trump rock and a Brexit hard place

Donald Trump’s forthcoming presidency poses uncomfortable questions for Britain about the future of the UK-US ‘special relationship’. As Tim Oliver and Mike Williams argue in a new LSE IDEAS Strategic Update, the fact that even the core elements of the relationship look set to be strained mean Britain is likely to find itself caught between a Trump rock and […]

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    Inglorious Brexit: the uncertain future of Britain’s defence and security capabilities

Inglorious Brexit: the uncertain future of Britain’s defence and security capabilities

As a process and not some short term event, Brexit is something that will shape UK defence and security over the longer-term and be one that is defined as much by what happens elsewhere in Europe as by what happens to Britain. We can group the implications for UK defence into five groups, many of which cross over from […]

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    Negotiating with the rest of the EU – and beyond: eight big challenges

Negotiating with the rest of the EU – and beyond: eight big challenges

As a process, Brexit reaches beyond the UK to involve multiple states, decision makers and outlooks. This has led to a number of attempts to understand how the remaining EU (rEU) views Brexit, or – before it – the UK-EU renegotiation. Tim Oliver outlines the eight big challenges facing negotiators.

Some reviews try to cover all 27  member states. Others focus […]

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    How to prevent the collapse of the liberal-left after Brexit and Trump

How to prevent the collapse of the liberal-left after Brexit and Trump

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union and Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States have been cited by some commentators as proof that the West is turning away from liberal values. Tahir Abbas argues that in the aftermath of Brexit and Trump, supporters of liberalism require a new movement aimed at reaching a unitary consensus […]

December 9th, 2016|Foreign policy|2 Comments|