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David Henig @DavidHenigUK
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So about a year ago after a series of coffee conversations with @GeorgePeretzQC @IanaDreyer @SamuelMarcLowe (others soon after) we decided to launch @UKTradeForum as a venue for serious trade policy debate in the UK - a look back at some highlights 1/…
Some of our first articles were basic explainers of a type we thought were needed in the UK, but not easily available. Our Trade 101's cover Free Trade Agreements, the WTO, Trade Defence and more.… 2/
Some early @UKTradeForum articles should perhaps have been read more widely, particularly in Government. This by @IanaDreyer on how the EU negotiates is probably more relevant today than it was when published. 3/…
Another article, from @SamuelMarcLowe on the choice between EU and US food standards, could usefully have been read by those suddenly shocked a few weeks ago than we might not be able to do a US trade agreement 4/…
Meanwhile the consultation approaches for trade agreements laid out by @tradegovuk earlier this week don't match up to what @hhesterm proposed back in November, which is well worth the read for why this is important 5/…
If there was one 'must read' on @UKTradeForum I would make it this brilliant @guydej1 piece on negotiating trade deals (also relevant to negotiating Brexit). Could we really argue the UK government has listened to much of this? 6/…
We haven't left out Trade Defence, and there are several detailed articles by @GeorgePeretzQC on what the UK should do there, and how this tallies with what is in the Trade Bill 7/
Amid all the articles @UKTradeForum also organises events. Our debut debate featured @martinwolf_ @jillongovt @Lorand_Bartels @plegrain @BCCAnastassia - the latter two also volunteering themselves onto our committee 8/
Subsequent @UKTradeForum events saw a 200+ audience watch Martin Wolf debate Shanker Singham, a debate about stakeholder involvement in trade policy, and most recently a Chatham House rules event with Dan Mullaney of US Trade @IanaDreyer and @AllieRenison 9/
And the trade policy articles continue. Should the idea that the future UK-EU relationship be based on what was discussed in TTIP ever be revived my article (endorsed on twitter by a senior Commission Brexit negotiator!) will again be relevant 10/…
And finally for the @UKTradeForum articles to date (though there are many more, do browse...) if it's UK we have to discuss animal welfare... so we did, from @Steph_ghislain 11/…
Thanks to all @UKTradeForum contributors, event attendees and readers. We have more events and articles planned for coming months. Please get in touch if you have ideas for articles or events - to get a good UK trade policy good debate is essential 12/ ends
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