Category Brexit

How state aid became a Brexit deal-breaker

Tories used to think controls on subsidies were the best thing about Brussels. Now they want to open the spending taps For years only left-wingers like Jeremy Corbyn, the former Labour leader, and Bob Crow, a trade-union honcho, were bothered by Europe’s state-aid regime. For Conservative Eurosceptics, it was the best thing about Brussels. Rules prohibiting […]

No-deal Brexit would relegate UK to ‘minor leagues’, says former WTO boss

Pascal Lamy, who was director general of the WTO, between 2005 and 2013, said there was a stark choice for the UK between ‘minor’ and ‘great’ trade relations with the country’s largest trading partner The UK faces relegation to the lesser leagues of global trade if Boris Johnson’s government fails to conclude a free trade deal with […]

UK and EU research leaders urge Brexit negotiators to compromise on Horizon Europe agreement.

In a joint statement published today, over 100 organisations and individuals representing the research community across the UK and Europe have set out how negotiators could secure an agreement on UK participation in the EU’s major research framework programme. As negotiators continue the fifth round of discussions on the post-Brexit EU-UK relationship this week, the […]

World Trade Organization Seeks New Director-General

Former World Trade Organization Director General Pascal Lamy discusses the search for a new head of the World Trade Organization, globalization and U.S. support for the organization. He speaks on “Bloomberg Markets: European Open.” (Source: Bloomberg) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2020-06-09/world-trade-organization-seeks-new-director-general-video

“I have never seen such low co-ordination within the international system”

The former WTO chief says the multilateral response to the pandemic has been woefully inadequate by Alex Dean / June 8, 2020 Covid-19 is not just a public health crisis, but also an economic one. Countries the world over are experiencing downturns to rival the Great Depression and there is no knowing when the world economy […]

‘Leave the diplomats out’ and put fishermen in charge of Brexit talks, says former World Trade Organisation boss

Fishing industry leaders in the UK and European Union should be brought into the Brexit trade talks to break the deadlock, the former head of the World Trade Organisation has told us. by Daniel O’Donoghue As the UK and EU teams begin their final round of negotiations this week, Pascal Lamy called for “the politics […]