Democratic nations need a much more coherent and comprehensive response to the new authoritarian powers.
The UK has made it crystal clear to its trading partners which side of the table it is going to be on.
It is both impossible and undesirable to keep politics out of trade. The decisions that administrative bodies make have real impacts on people’s lives.
His report mischaracterises and simplifies the recommendation of a government commission on which I sat.
The commission has come up with an an innovative proposal for import policy.
I am encouraged, because the Level Playing Field provisions are rooted in competition principles. The body of law that emerges will be crucial.
Like it or not, the EU agreed to two customs territories on the island of Ireland – and a solution to the disagreement flows from that fact.
Some of the solutions being proposed for UK trade talks would make it a pariah state in the WTO community.
To remain in it for any longer than necessary would leave the fragile economy we will have after Covid-19 very vulnerable.
Longer extension, Customs Union, ‘Common Market 2.0’ and so on all have severe downsides.
At the moment, there are many areas where farmers cannot use new technologies. These will increasingly feed not only our consumers but also the world’s poorest ones.
Such deals can seem intangible and conceptual, so I and a team of experts are today launching a proposed agreement which both sides could accept.
It’s time for the Government to dust down Plan A Plus and A Better Deal – rather than its own scheme, which is going nowhere.
This is because in order to maximise opportunities, we must have control over our tariff schedules and our domestic regulation.
We need fast-track deals – which Parliament should endorse or reject, but can’t write.