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Trade Bites - the podcast about trade policy. Brought to you by the UK Trade Policy Observatory at the University of Sussex, and presented by Chris Horseman of Borderlex.

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Trade Bites - the podcast about trade policy. Brought to you by the UK Trade Policy Observatory at the University of Sussex, and presented by Chris Horseman of Borderlex.

    What's the rush? The pros and cons of extending the post-Brexit transition period

    What's the rush? The pros and cons of extending the post-Brexit transition period

    Britain left the EU on 31 January 2020. But for the time being, hardly anything has changed in terms of the country’s trade with Europe. We’re in a transition period which will run until the end of the year, and during that period the UK needs to negotiate a whole new trading relationship with the EU. But is that period going to be long enough to get everything sorted out? There is an option to extend the transition period, but what difference would that actually make? And how might the COVID-19 pandemic impact on the negotiations?

    Chris Horseman is joined by Peter Holmes, Reader in Economics at the University of Sussex and a Fellow of the UKTPO; and Sam Lowe, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform.

    • 28 min
    COVID-19 and global trade – is the system immune to the pandemic?

    COVID-19 and global trade – is the system immune to the pandemic?

    COVID-19 has had a profound effect on trade. A global recession is always going to have an impact on trade volumes, but this pandemic has had the effect of completely choking off demand for some goods and services, while pushing demand for others through the roof. And that has posed acute trade policy challenges. Is it ever right to impose controls on exports of sensitive products? Were we naive to put so much faith in global markets and our ability to source the goods and services we need from around the world? And when the pandemic finally starts to ease, what sort of a global trading system will we be left with?

    To discuss all this and more, Chris Horseman is joined by Michael Gasiorek, Professor of Economics and Fellow of the UKTPO; Allie Renison, Head of EU and Trade Policy at the Institute of Directors; and Simon Evenett, Professor of Economics and an Associate Fellow of the UKTPO.

    • 30 min
    The Missing 80% - Making Deals on Trade in Services

    The Missing 80% - Making Deals on Trade in Services

    Trade in services is generally reckoned to account for about 80% of the UK economy. The UK financial services sector alone makes a contribution to the economy that is worth the equivalent of the entire GDP or Bulgaria and Croatia combined. So why do we hear so little about services in the context of the trade negotiations that are just getting underway with the EU and the US? Is the UK missing a trick?

    In the final episode of this series, Chris Horseman is joined by Dr Ingo Borchert, Senior Lecturer in Economics and Fellow of the UKTPO; Julia Magntorn Garrett, Research Assistant in the Economics of Brexit at the UKTPO; and Sebastian Benz, Policy Analyst and Economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

    • 31 min
    What's for Sale? The NHS and trade agreements

    What's for Sale? The NHS and trade agreements

    For many people, the idea that the National Health Service may be ‘up for sale’ in the UK’s upcoming international trade negotiations is a cause of great anxiety. But what does that phrase even mean? The NHS offers a massive range of services, from brain surgery to cleaning the hospital windows. So if any of these services are subcontracted, who is allowed to bid for them? To what extent do health care services form part of the discussions in international trade negotiations, such as the one the UK has recently commenced with the US? And are there international rules about what can, or should, or may not be on the table?

    To get to grips with these important questions, Chris Horseman is joined by Dr Ingo Borchert, Senior Lecturer in Economics and Fellow of the UKTPO; and Laura Bannister, Senior Adviser at the Trade Justice Movement.

    • 32 min
    US-China trade tensions: The threats and opportunities for Europe

    US-China trade tensions: The threats and opportunities for Europe

    For the past few years, the United States and China have been at each other’s throats, with the Trump administration slapping a series of punitive tariffs on Chinese imports and Beijing responding with its own retaliatory measures. The US accuses China of not playing fair when it comes to global trade. So what is it that China has done to incur the wrath of the White House? What lies behind the tensions between Washington and Beijing? And why should Europe care about what is going on? Are there opportunities that UK businesses could exploit, or will they just get caught in the crossfire?

    To explore the specifics of these trade tensions, Chris Horseman is joined by Jim Rollo, Deputy Director of the UKTPO and Associate Fellow of Chatham House; and Steven McGuire, Dean of the University of Sussex Business School and Fellow of the UKTPO.

    • 28 min
    Open to the world? The UK’s Global Tariff consultation

    Open to the world? The UK’s Global Tariff consultation

    Back in early February, the Department for International Trade announced that it was seeking the views of stakeholders on what sort of tariffs the UK should apply on its imports of goods. As an EU member, the UK applied the same tariffs as the rest of the EU, but as from next year it can do what it likes tariff-wise. So is this a chance for ‘Global Britain’ to tear away the protectionist trappings of the EU and embrace the free market at last? Or might Britain’s manufacturing and agricultural industries want to retain some tariff protection against cheaper imports from overseas? And how do UK import tariffs actually affect businesses, consumers and the UK economy?

    To offer their views on all this and more, Chris Horseman is joined by Julia Magntorn Garrett, Rodney Ludema, Allie Renison, and Sue Davies.

    • 32 min

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