Archive | Trade Rules: EU

  • The EU: claims of imminent collapse looked silly by May.

    During May 2017 some of the myths about the EU fell apart.

  • EU announces Brexit talks to start around June 19 as UK threatens walk-out

    The EU’s General Affairs Council agreed its timetable and directives for Britain’s exit negotiations on May 22, as the major UK and EU negotiators appeared to take strongly conflicting positions on their content.

  • EU adds Sri Lanka to its duty-free GSP+ programme

    The European Union has reinstated Sri Lanka to its GSP+ programme, a special arrangement under the Generalized Scheme of Preferences aimed at encouraging sustainable development and good governance.

  • UK Parliament posts correspondence about its “collapsed confidence” in Brexit Customs progress

    The UK House of Commons Select Committee on the Treasury has now published the correspondence revealing why it talks about its “collapse in confidence in the successful implementation of the Customs Declaration System” essential to UK apparel imports continuing after Brexit.

  • French Constitutional Council delays judgement on legality of EU-Canada FTA

    The French Constitutional Council ordered a full investigation into the EU-Canada free trade deal on March 22, indicating its findings were unlikely before the summer. This means after the French presidential elections

  • EU warns Bangladesh of duty free suspension over labour rights

    The European Union was reported on March 23 to have warned Bangladesh of suspending duty-free access unless Bangladesh makes progress in the implementing worker rights.

  • European Parliament committee presses for more supply chain legislation

    A committee of the European Parliament voted on March 21 for a  proposal that “The EU Commission should propose rules obliging all players in the textile and clothing industry supply chain to respect the labour and human rights of their workers”.

  • Second life for TTIP looking likelier

    Though the EU-US TTIP agreement is widely thought to be “in the freezer”, evidence given to confirmation hearings by Robert Lighthizer, Donald Trump’s nominee for US Trade Representative, seems to indicate the US Administration is still open-minded about its future.

  • UK hit by EU’s €2 bn bill for “repeatedly ignoring warnings” over trouser tax fraud.

    The UK is facing a €1.98 bn bill from the EU for “repeatedly ignoring warnings”  of tax frauds on imported Chinese shoes and apparel. The case highlights grave systemic complications in Britain’s handling of trade which threaten to complicate further its preparations for leaving the EU.

  • Dutch election result undermines fears of imminent EU collapse

    Results of the March 15 election for the Dutch House of Representatives seem to kill worries the EU is about to collapse. But, though those worries have never had any real justification,  the Dutch election still emphasises the declining support in mature democracies for some traditional policies.

  • EU looks at restarting South East Asian free trade talks

    The EU began serious discussions on restarting free trade talks with the entire Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) on March 10.

  • Mercosur starts talking seriously to EU about trade deal

    The foreign ministers of Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil met on March 9 in Buenos Aires to discuss  a common position ahead of negotiations with the European Union on a potential trade deal.

  • US “hasn’t yet decided on TTIP”

    In a March 10 background briefing with reporters, US officials surprisingly revealed the Trump administration has “not formulated a final position” on whether or not it will continue to pursue a proposed Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement with the EU.

  • UK Government: “Prepare to leave EU without a free trade deal”

    The UK government was reported on March 1 to have instructed its departments to have plans ready for governing if Britain fails to secure an adequate free trade deal with the EU after leaving in spring 2017.

  • UK accepts significant EU immigration “for years and years” after Brexit

    The UK will continue to allow substantial EU immigration “for years and years” after Brexit – generally expected in spring 2019 – the country’s Brexit minster admitted on February 21.