Budget 2020: Government turns on the taps (please wash your hands)

It was supposed to be the set-piece occasion that would set the tone for five years – at the very least – of Conservative majority government.

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Brexit
BREXIT: The political timeline

This political timeline is indicative of the political situation today; it is subject to change. It sets out the process for negotiating the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU.

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Brexit
The UK up and running in the WTO: how fast, how far can it go?

After Brexit, our attention to UK trade policy has focused mostly on future FTAs, and in particular trade negotiations between the UK and the EU. But another front has quietly been opened.

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International Affairs
Bumpy road ahead for World Trade Organization as US flexes its muscles

December 11, 2019 was a watershed moment for the global trading system. On that day the Appellate Body of the WTO, the final arbiter of trade disputes, became defunct, only 24 years after its creation had been trumpeted as a major advance in the rule of international law.

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International Affairs
Is a US-Vietnam trade deal on the cards in 2020?

Ahead of the G20 Summit in Japan in June, US President Donald Trump tweeted that Vietnam is “almost the single worst abuser of everybody”.

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International Affairs
WTO in crisis as the law of the jungle could threaten international trade body

At the recent G20 and G7 meetings in Osaka and Biarritz, world Leaders again expressed serious concern about the state of the WTO.  From varying perspectives, it has not been able to stem rising protectionism, or to solve trade disputes efficiently, or to make progress on modernising trade rules.

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UK Public Affairs
The Energy Transition Challenge: Investing for impact

With Parliament declaring a climate emergency and the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) setting the target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, there is little doubt that climate issues and the demands for action will remain high on the political agenda.

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Brexit
How Britain can win and lose if it leaves the European Union on WTO terms

Hard Brexit proponents in the UK extol the virtues of leaving the EU without a deal on what is known as ‘WTO terms’.  It is argued that much of global trade already takes place on such terms and there is nothing to fear about the UK falling back on this structure.

 

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Brexit
Why companies looking for an IPO need back-up from the experts

The number of companies that have successfully listed in Europe recently, and the list of those that are expected to go public in the near future is under-pinning indications of a very health stock market sector.

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International Affairs
The experts who shine the light into the darkness of North Korea

Few other countries command attention like North Korea. An outlier on the international stage, the country is viewed with a mixture of fascination and fear.

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