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The Future of UK Trade Policy: Principles & Challenges

Chatham House, London


Professor Jim Rollo CMG, Associate Fellow, International Economics, Chatham House; Professor Emeritus, University of Sussex; Deputy Director, UK Trade Policy Observatory


Since 1973, the UK’s trade policy has been set collectively with other EU member states and negotiated by the EU Commission. For some supporters of Brexit, creating an independent UK trade policy was an important motivation for leaving the EU. As the country prepares to negotiate its withdrawal, the UK government must not only negotiate the future terms of its trade with the EU but also set the course of an independent British trade policy outside the bloc.

In this session, the speaker will identify the key risks and opportunities for the UK in this field, including the UK’s future status in the WTO, the renegotiation of the 50+ trade agreements the EU has with third countries and the likelihood of free trade deals with India and China.

This is part of a series run by the Europe Programme on ‘Britain and Europe: The Post-Referendum Agenda’.

The Observatory, a partnership between the International Economics Department at Chatham House and the University of Sussex initiates trade policy discussions and aims to influence the UK trade negotiation process by supporting negotiation teams and training officials.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.