13th December 2017
Brexit disappearance marks apparel’s need of Next New Big Thing
A joint statement from UK and EU negotiators on the progress of the Brexit talks in early December said the United Kingdom will maintain full alignment with rules of the...
15th June 2017
“Viscose pollution is devastating parts of India, China and Indonesia”
...and just 11 companies control 75% of the viscose that goes into the world's clothes, says the Changing Markets Foundation
24th May 2017
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...
22nd May 2017
11 Pacific nations decide to salvage TPP – but no firm timetable
Japan and other members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreed on May 21 to pursue their trade deal - but were vague on the detail of what "pursue" meant.A planned meeting...
19th May 2017
US formally starts NAFTA renegotiation process
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on May 17 formally notified Congress of the administration’s intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. The notification allows negotiations...
27th April 2017
Trump “tax plan” is a one-sided sheet of paper. With no comment on border taxes
Donald Trump's promised tax reform plan turned out on April 26 to be a content-free, single-sided, list of aspirations. The list made no mention of border taxes. The page says:...
24th April 2017
Trump Revolution, April 2017: the first shoots of pragmatism?
Donald Trump’s team during April began announcing practical programmes for dealing with the trade issues they’d previously been merely vocal about: China On April 12, Trump publicly abandoned his campaign...
24th April 2017
April’s new-found pragmatism drives May to June election
On April 18, Britain's Prime Minster, Theresa May, called a general election for June 8. Throughout March and April, the British government had begunn grasping the sheer scale of the...
13th April 2017
Trump reneges on Chinese “currency manipulator” promises
Donald Trump admitted on April 12 that he had no plans to honour public commitments he had repeatedly made to deal with the "currency manipulation" he insisted China was practising....
31st March 2017
“Confidence collapsed” in key UK Customs project for Brexit
The Chair of a UK Parliament Treasury Committee said on March 31 that "confidence had collapsed" in Britain's having essential Customs IT infrastructure ready to handle the expected fivefold increase...