Doing Deals

Doing Deals

It is unclear yet as to the basis of the UK future trade deals with the rest of the world. We have to extricate ourselves from the EU first, and then find out what the terms of our membership with the WTO are before making any deal. Once out of the EU will have to apply for WTO membership...

UK Parliament Inquiry: Brexit: Trade In Food Gove & Eustace session (Impact assessments 10.30-35, CAP 10.35-40, Standards 10.40-50, Information 10.50, Standards 11.00 Irish Border 11.05 - Wales, Full Alignment 11.20, Canada +++ 11.25, all sectors treated same? 11.30, Tariffs? 11.35-11.44, Fish transition 11.45-11.59 inc. no trade barriers during transition 11.56, Labeling 11.59-01. Standards & Residues 12.00-04

Sustain spell out 10 Red Lines for Trade Deals involving Food & Farming "Under the terms of any trade deals we expect our food, farming and fishing standards to guarantee provision of a reliable and affordable supply of food that is:

  1. Under democratic control - must deliver on national priorities for food and be open to public debate
  2. Safe - British public expects their food to be safe
  3. Healthy - to prioritise healthy food, rather than sugary, calorie-laden food and soft drink
  4. Respectful of UK consumer and health priorities - Under EU rules, UK consumers are currently protected from questionable food production methods
  5. Good for people - comes from farmers and food workers who have been paid and treated fairly
  6. Good for the planet - our food is produced in a way that is environmentally friendly and meets national priorities for conservation and enhancement of nature
  7. Good for animals - that have been treated well and transported and killed as humanely as possible.
  8. Fair - people to enjoy their own food security and for trade with the UK to help them earn enough money to build better lives
  9. High quality - Everyone needs to know what they’re eating and where it comes from, so country of origin labelling needs to be protected
  10. Specified in public sector contracts - must not in any way undermine the ability of our public institutions – such as schools, hospitals and the armed forces – to buy well produced, healthy and sustainable food

UK-US Deal

Opinion on UK-US trade relations inquiry. See Trump & Trade for details

Liam Fox's Department of International Trade agreed to talks being kept secret and "signed agreements with the US which will make it much more difficult to find out what is being discussed in early-stage US-UK trade talks. There is a joint working group mapping out the groundwork. Fox’s department formally agreed to tighten the rules on information handling two days after the trade secretary made a public pledge to boost transparency during the talks. "

Other possible UK trade deals!

Liam Fox is hiring expensive 'Trade Commissioners' - rather than using existing Ambassadors. We hear a lot about playing to WTO rules. That is fine. Except for one thing. To play the rules you have to be in the club. The UK is not yet a member of the WTO. We have to apply, and the head of the WTO said it could take years - see book for details, which also examines the priority countries to do free trade deals. And all possible partners round the world will be waiting to see what deal we make with the EU. Nevertheless, the most touted deal is that between UK and US.

The Scotch whisky sector want to increase sales to India, from around £100m (the EU is their largest market at £1.2b) but face a tariff of around 150%. If we tried to get rid of that, what would India want? India says that any trade deal would have to involve 'increased free movement' of Indian people to the UK.

Post Brexit possible agricultural Trade Deals Australia insists on exporting hormone-treated beef as part of any deal

CBI says that UK will not be able to ‘roll-over’ Britain’s forty existing free trade deals with non-EU countries in time for Brexit day – and argue a failure to secure the deals could “wipe out” entire sectors of the UK economy.