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2018-04-19 BBC rapporterar om Storbritanniens framtida förhandlingar om handelsvillkor med WTO: "Sitting grandly on the banks of Switzerland's Lake Geneva is the headquarters of the World Trade Organization (WTO), a free trade factory. Here the world's ...

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2018-04-19

BBC rapporterar om Storbritanniens framtida förhandlingar om handelsvillkor med WTO:

”Sitting grandly on the banks of Switzerland’s Lake Geneva is the headquarters of the World Trade Organization (WTO), a free trade factory.

Here the world’s nations meet to hammer out trade deals and reduce tariffs – taxes charged on imported goods.

But the system, which has been working in various guises since the 1940s, is under threat from two sides.

The USA has announced tariffs on imports of foreign steel and aluminium on the grounds of national security, and it is refusing to appoint new members to the WTO’s appellate body that settles disputes.

These developments come as the WTO is of increasing importance to the UK. At the moment it is represented by the EU, but after Brexit the UK will negotiate on its own account. This should give the UK the ability to negotiate deals more specifically designed to suit it.

The downside is that the UK will no longer belong to the biggest single trading economy in the world – the EU.

Brexit consequences
The first job of the newly increased UK team at the WTO will be to negotiate a ”schedule”, an extensive list of goods, and the tariffs to be paid on them; ranging from avocados to zips.

The UK assumed it could just inherit the EU’s schedule. The trouble is that this requires the consent of other countries, and some of them have said no.

Take New Zealand, for instance. At the moment it can sell 228,000 tonnes of lamb and mutton to the EU every year, with no tariffs. The UK and the EU decided to split that quota between them, but New Zealand objected.

David Walker, is New Zealand’s ambassador to the WTO: ”Yes, we and a range of other WTO members made clear that a simple quota split like that is not acceptable to us.”

The reason is simple. At the moment New Zealand can sell that lamb anywhere in the EU, so it loses flexibility if it has to sell some in the UK and the rest of the EU.”

2018-04-19 

Business Times om att förhandlingarna att skapa ett frihandelsavtal mellan EU och Singapore är i sitt slutskede:

”IN the first step towards signing and concluding the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA), the European Commission has presented the outcome of the negotiations to the European Council.

The initialled agreement now needs to be approved by the Council of Ministers and ratified by the European Parliament.

The aim is for the EUSFTA to come into force before the European Commission’s mandate ends in 2019, said the EU delegation to Singapore in a statement on Thursday.

European Union Ambassador to Singapore Barbara Plinkert said that as the first deal between the EU and a South-east Asian economy, the EUSFTA is a stepping stone towards greater engagement between the regions, she added.Over 10,000 EU companies have a presence in Singapore, with Singapore also being the top South-east Asian destination for European investments.

Negotiations for the EUSFTA began in 2009 and concluded in 2014. Besides liberalising tariffs, reducing non-tariff trade barriers and promoting services and investment, the EUSFTA will also give improved access to government procurement opportunities.”

2018-04-18

”Trumps dröm, en mardröm för världsekonomin” är rubriken på Janerik Larssons artikel i SvD.

”Jag är verkligen inte ensam om att sedan Donald Trump på allvar under den republikanska primärvalskampen 2016 dök upp som en potentiell GOP-kandidat varna för att han som president skulle kunna skapa stora problem för världshandeln.

Hans merkantilistiska och protektionistiska agenda är väl känd sedan decennier.

Härom dagen signalerade han i ett möte med republikaner från de amerikanska jordbruksstaterna att han skulle ta upp frågan igen om inte USA borde gå med i det asiatiska TPP-avtal som han lämnat som en av sina första åtgärder som president.

Trump är omgiven av några starka frihandelsmotståndare som inte insett ens TPP-avtalets viktiga geopolitiska fördelar.

Nu har dessa rådgivare återfört Trump till sin gamla agenda och i en tweet passade han också på att än en gång också attackera WTO – en skapelse som amerikanska presidenter sedan 60-talet varit avgörande för att forma i deras strävan efter ett välstånds- och fredsskapande globalt frihandelsarrangemang.

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Trumps dröm om bilaterala handelsavtal kommer att leda till stora problem för världsekonomin.”

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