UK Trade Policy Observatory

Following the decision to leave the EU, the UK will have to reconfigure its trade policy, successfully navigating a path through a new international trade landscape. The UK Trade Policy Observatory explores the critical international trade challenges posed by the country’s exit from the EU.

For over four decades, the European Union has managed a great deal of international trade policy on behalf of the UK. Brexit changes all of this. The UK now needs to debate, define and negotiate its position in the world trading system, requiring expert analysis to navigate successfully through this new landscape.

Thanks to the concentration of economic, legal and international relations experts with trade policy know-how and practitioner experience at Chatham House and the University of Sussex, the UK Trade Policy Observatory is uniquely positioned to comment on and provide analysis of trade policy proposals in the wake of Brexit.

The Observatory will engage in seven priority areas:

  • Overall trade strategy, including the internal effects of trade agreements and trade instruments such as the selection of standards, preferences and services regulation.
  • Monitoring the treatment of UK exports by others and UK de facto import policy.
  • Devising policies for UK trade with developing and least developed countries.
  • Negotiation support.
  • Institutional design.
  • Enforcement (including trade defence instruments, WTO rights).
  • Training for negotiating teams, government and other interested parties.

This project is run in partnership with the University of Sussex.

UK Trade Policy Observatory, Briefing Paper 1: The World Trade Organisation: A Safety Net for a Post-Brexit UK Trade Policy?

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