Past eventResearch Event

Would WTO Rules Allow the UK and EU to Sign a Sectoral Trade Deal?

22 February 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH


Dr Emily Lydgate, Lecturer in Law, University of Sussex and Fellow, UK Trade Policy Observatory
Dr Federico Ortino, Reader, King's College London, Clifford Chance
Chair, Professor Jim Rollo CMG, University of Sussex, Deputy Director UK Trade Policy Observatory and Associate Fellow Chatham House



When the UK leaves the EU Customs Union and the Single Market, could it still preserve some or most of the benefits of special access?

In this event, we will consider how WTO rules and practices will constrain and define any UK-EU agreement. While they rule out some solutions that may superficially appear politically convenient, like special market access solely for cars, they do not prohibit a deep and significant trade and cooperation agreement. 

While the parties may not be able to reach this agreement, they should not dress political failure up as legal impossibility.