Finance & Trade

  • Norway Seeks Inclusion in Brexit Deal

    March 02, 2017

    The Independent reports that Norway's EU minister, Frank Bakke-Jensen, has announced his government's intention to seek inclusion in any trade arrangements agreed between the UK and the EU following Brexit.

  • EU Parliament Ratifies Long-Awaited CETA

    February 24, 2017

    The New York Times reports that, "after seven years of tortuous negotiations," the European Parliament has ratified the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), leaving the final step of ratifying the deal to national and some regional parliaments across the EU.

  • Irish Official Predicts Post-Brexit Border Deal

    February 21, 2017

    In testimony before the UK Parliament's Northern Ireland Select Committee, Irish Ambassador to the UK Daniel Mulhall asserted that it would not be "remotely possible" to establish a "hard border," including customs checks and the prevention of the free movement of people, between Ireland and Northern Ireland following the UK's exit from the EU.

  • UK Draws up Contingency Plans for Brexit

    February 21, 2017

    Politico reports that Jim Harra, a director general at the UK's revenue and customs agency, has briefed Members of Parliament on contingency plans under development by the British Government for falling back on World Trade Organization rules in case the UK does not reach a favorable customs deal with the EU by the time of Brexit.

  • US Congress Considers UK Trade Plans

    February 14, 2017

    At a recent hearing of a US congressional committee on the prospects of a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK, Daniel Hamilton of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced and International Studies warned that Britain's focus on developing a trade and investment deal with the EU could, along with other factors, delay the progress of similar trade talks with the US.

  • EU Report Calls for Deal with UK on Finance Access

    February 14, 2017

    The Guardian reports that an analysis from the European Parliament's committee on economic and monetary affairs calls for the negotiation of a regulatory "equivalence" regime to permit the British financial services sector to maintain access to EU markets after Brexit and to prevent a negative hit to the EU economy after the UK leaves the bloc.

  • NGO Promotes EU Centralization of Finance Policy

    February 03, 2017

    The Centre for International Governance Innovation has produced a report calling for the completion of the EU Capital Markets Union and European Deposit Insurance Scheme, which would centralize governance of financial institutions in EU structures, to improve European financial policy.

  • UK, US Sign Deal on Trade Negotiations

    January 30, 2017

    During their recent White House meeting, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump signed a "U.K.-U.S. Trade Negotiation Agreement" setting up working groups to determine areas that might be addressed by a free trade deal between the countries to be signed "as soon as possible" after the UK departs the EU.

  • ECB Official Outlines Steps Toward EU Banking Union

    January 27, 2017

    At a recent conference in Rome, Peter Praet, a Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank (ECB), highlighted the mission of the ECB to push the EU to overcome the traditional jurisdiction of national governments over banking rules in order to centralize them at the EU level with a European Banking Union.

  • Australia Announces Trade Talks with UK

    January 25, 2017

    Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison has announced that Australia and the UK will begin "preparatory" talks this week on the development of a free trade deal between the countries that will enter into force following the UK's departure from the EU.

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