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Who is behind the push for a post-Brexit free trade deal with the US?
A nexus of libertarian thinktanks in both the UK and the US propose a bonfire of tariffs, quotas and anti-competitive rules.
As if the USMCA dairy concessions were not bad enough…
It is deeply concerning, though not surprising, that the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) has at least three chapters that formally entrench corporate influence on government decision-making.
EU-US engagement on regulatory issues
Leaked from the European Commission
Financial regulation challenged by European trade policy
Trade agreements currently being negotiated or already approved introduce numerous restrictions over the right of states to regulate, especially in the field of financial regulation, and limits their capacity to react to ensure financial stability.
EU hopes to use prior trade negotiations in new talks with US
The EU’s reasoning is that it wouldn’t make sense to throw out all the previous work done on regulatory cooperation and start anew, EU sources said.
UK-India trade review calls for flexibility on food standards and chemical rules
Confidential document details complaints over EU rules on imports such as rice and paneer ahead of prospective post-Brexit trade talks.
CETA: Secret committee on pesticides meets in Ottawa on March 26–27
Leaked EU documents reveal a secret committee will begin discussions on how to weaken norms on pesticides and food quality standards.
An example of regulatory chill
The case of Ethyl v. Canada.
Study “ASSESS TiSA”
The study clearly shows that the official impact assessments of the European Commission are fundamentally based on a biased understanding of regulation.
A hard-Brexit think tank accidentally published its plans for US-UK ‘shadow trade talks’
The Initiative for Free Trade - which is supported by trade secretary Liam Fox - has now deleted the plans from its website.
UNCTAD’s World Investment Reports 1991-2015: 25 years of narratives justifying and balancing foreign investor rights
These reports describe foreign investor rights following a narrative of wealth maximisation by transnational corporations (TNCs), and focus on a TNC-assisted restructuring of host states and local communities.
CETA, regulatory cooperation and food safety
Agricultural and food standards are among those targeted by CETA’s focus on eliminating so-called ‘non-tariff barriers’.
US urges UK to cut EU rules after Brexit to boost trade
US trade official says it is ‘difficult’ to do business with EU and Brexit offers chance to press the ‘reset button’.
India-UK trade meet to focus on visa restrictions, trade barriers
While the UK can engage in free trade agreement (FTA) talks with other countries including India only after the process of full disengagement from the EU is complete, talks are already happening unofficially on the potential of such a pact.
UK demands secrecy in Brexit trade talks with US
The British Government has demanded total secrecy in its free trade talks with the US for a post-Brexit deal.
Trump adviser Ross says UK-US trade deal will mean scrapping EU rules
Commerce secretary’s comments suggest Britain will have to accept chlorinated chicken in post-Brexit agreement.
Canadian pork producers one step closer to exporting to EU following CETA
Focus now turns to getting EU to approve antimicrobial interventions used in Canada to enhance food safety.
Investment treaties and the internal vetting of regulatory proposals: A case study from Canada
Does the prospect of foreign investor claims against countries in investor­–state dispute settlement (ISDS) lead to regulatory chill?
Chemical associations push for closer Nafta collaboration
American Chemistry Council wants Mexican alignment with US and Canada