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The UK has traditionally invested far less in its businesses through #StateAid than other EU countries.

I welcome greater investment by this Government so we can #catchup and hopefully overtake.
The greater the sums invested, the more important it is that we have effective subsidy control rules, which:

- protect the #taxpayer from excessive subsidies;

- guard against #cronyism;

- coordinate public funding towards objectives such as #levellingup and #climatechange.
In my view:

1) the #FTA dispute resolution mechanism between 🇬🇧 and 🇪🇺 should apply only to material distortions of competition which affect trade;

2) below that level, the 🇬🇧 should still have #StateAid rules to achieve the benefits set out above.
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1/8: David Frost’s Brussels speech was an intelligent exposition of his view on the EU & an important explanation of #Brexit thinking in the new UK government: asserting the indivisible #sovereignty of the European nation state & the primacy of political identity over the market.
2/8: But, rooted in the 18th century thought of Edmund #Burke (ironically Irish), his argument bypassed the tragic history of how these independent & “revered” nation states behaved towards each other in the 20th century. And the low confidence in today’s national governments.
3/8: Many of us who take a more favourable view of the #EU recognise the overreach & democratic distance of its institutions. But surveying history, today’s world & the scale of European nations, we believe close, structured collaboration between them remains essential.
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THREAD | The #EU #Japan deal creates a trading zone comprising 635 million people and a third of global GDP. The agreement, which is also the first trade deal to include a specific commitment to the Paris Accords on climate change, will now come into force on 1 February 2019
Cheaper wine cheese for Japan, cheaper cars for the EU part of what the EU-Japan trade deal, now in force, means. The world's biggest such deal, it covers nearly a third of global GDP and 635 million people. ... It comes as a trade war rages between US and China continues
Why do you think @NissanUK @Nissan will want to stay in the UK in #Sunderland they won’t there is no motivation for them to do that including @Tesla
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Now here's a thing.

In fact, 5 things that the UK would do well sit up and pay heed to. As soon as possible.

They arise from the current visit of Speaker Pelosi & the congressional delegation.
#Brexit #FTA #GFA

1. Soft power works,
& Ireland has it by the bucketload when it comes to the US.

The combination of diasporic heritage + sense of moral achievement in @BelfastAgmt is hard to beat.

Congressman Richie Neal described entering the room in Belfast like a 'high school reunion'.
2. There is a strong US sense of ownership of @BelfastAgmt.

As Richie Neal put it to the audience in Belfast: "It is our agreement too."

And they recognise the GFA is not just a domestic concern.

Pelosi noted at the same event "what it means to the world as an example".

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Free-To-Air (FTA) channels Vs #PayTV subscription.
Pay TV operator have argued that their business model is "Subscription". That when a customer opt for Pay TV, their primary interest is in the premium Pay TV content and not to watch the Free To Air channels.
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During the stakeholder consultations as part of the New broadcasting licensing development, many commentators were for #PayTV providers offering Free-To-Air channels free to subscribers even after monthly subscription have run out. The reason being, they are Free so why pay?
Just like many #PayTV providers globally have also refused to allow customers to pay per channel. Customers are not allowed to customise channels they want to watch for one simple reason, many channels whether it is Discovery Channel or C-SPAN may not be viable on their own.
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Thread: Some comments (and possible diplomatic/legal solutions) on Italy’s new government threat to not ratify #CETA (a more detailed analysis in my article with @RamsesWessel and (open access)) #FTA #EUtrade
2/ As long as Italy does not notify the non-ratification, there is time for creative diplomatic solutions (cf. Decision Heads of State/Government MS on Ukraine AA after Dutch referendum) or legal solutions (see below))
3/ But worst-case scenario that Italy makes such a notification, the ratification “permanently and definitely” failed (according to Statement 20 of the Council on CETA’s signature) (on these statements, see also )
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