GlobalisationThe increased movement of food goods is part of the process of increased 'globalisation'. In the book (p48), there is a quote from Tony Blair saying at a major conference speech: "I hear people say we have to stop and debate globalisation. You might as well debate whether autumn should follow summer". He lists all the countries going for it - and that the thing they all have going for them is 'cheap labour'. Many people now feel that globalisation is leaving people behind- not just in developing countries but here too. And that helps explain the Trump victory, Brexit, along with a move to the right in many countries. 'Moving from globalisation to self-reliance' Greenhouse Publication. See also 'Glocalistion - growing locally to satisfy foreign tastes.We hear many people saying that post Brexit, if there was no deal, we can 'play by WTO rules'. To do this, the UK has to be a member of the WTO. At present we are not. WTO’s chief, Roberto Azevêdo, said that because the UK joined the organisation as part of the EU, we would have to renegotiate the terms of our membership as a fully independent member- we would 'start from scratch'.
Tony BlairFrom Bittersweet Brexit p48:'The word ‘globalisation’ is repeated ad nauseum. We were told at the Labour Conference 2005 by Tony Blair that: ""What we can’t do is pretend it is not happening. I hear people say we have to stop and debate globalisation. You might as well debate whether autumn should follow summer. They’re not debating it in China and India. They are seizing its possibilities, in a way that will transform their lives and ours. Yes, both nations still have millions living in poverty. But they are on the move. Or look at Vietnam or Thailand. Then wait for the South Americans, and in time, with our help, the Africans. All these nations have labour costs a fraction of ours".' NB He sees labour costs as crucial.
World Trade Organisation
World Trade Organisation
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. UK submits draft schedule to WTO setting out its WTO market access commitments for goods once the UK leaves the European Union. A Conservative analysis of possible problems runs to over 200 pages - Summary.
All possible partners round the world will be waiting to see what deal we make with the EU. The WTO also has troubles of its own. Campaigners were pleased in Dec 17 when the Argentina talks collapsed. "Rich countries like Britain have “no interest in solving the fundamental injustice of current WTO rules, and instead want to turn the whole world into a corporate playground.” More from Global Justice Now