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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...

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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

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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...

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24th May 2017

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. As from May...

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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...

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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...

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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:...

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24th April 2017

Trump tax plan seems to rule out border taxes

Donald Trump revealed he plans to announce major tax cuts by the end of April - but most commentators believe his announcement must delay any talk of border taxes. In...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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