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    Monthly Archives: May 2017

    Brexit and an Election WHAT NEXT ?

    Having an election before Brexit. This appears to gives the Government a chance to impose more ways of getting our money. ie rewrite the Manifesto.

    The country has also had to accept for years that dementia is not an illness and we have to pay for it. Really?

    Now The Government are kidding us that 100 K is the way forward and we should be content with the government allowing us to keep 100 K of our inheritance. By the way you pay everything else over when  your dead.

    The election is unfortunately a diversion. We should be thinking more about Brexit and dealing with it.

    We have unfortunately managed to get ourselves into voting for Brexit because Cameron could not work with the European Union. There is a need for The European Union to change attitude and work more for the countries they represent.

    That does not mean we stop immigrants. Control it maybe if you can.

    We need immigrants from Europe to work with us and for us. So why don’t we go with Europe policy for now and wait for  them modify their immigration policy. There is nothing stopping us monitoring the immigration without restriction unless they are criminal etc.

    Trading-do we want to trade outside The European Union . Europe are are neighbours and our friends. We should trade with them first. They are on our doorstep.

    Are the conservatives going in the right way to improve living and trading conditions. I think not.






    • DG Azevêdo in Mozambique: the trading system must support LDCs
      Director-General Roberto Azevêdo was in Maputo, Mozambique, today (14 February), where he met President Filipe Nyusi. They discussed how to strengthen global trade cooperation for the future, through the WTO, so it can keep supporting the integration of Mozambique and other least developed countries (LDCs) into the global economy.
    • WTO issues call for papers for 2019 Essay Award for Young Economists
      The WTO has issued a call for young economists to submit papers for the 2019 WTO Essay Award. The award aims to promote high-quality research on trade policy and international trade co-operation and to reinforce the relationship between the WTO and the academic community. Essays must be submitted by 31 May 2019.
    • TRIPS Council launches new notification system, discusses incentives for technology transfer
      The WTO Secretariat announced the launch of a new TRIPS notification submission system, an optional online tool for members to submit notifications, review materials and reports. The announcement was made at the meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 13 February, where members also discussed incentives for the transfer […]
    • Members discuss progress and assistance on Trade Facilitation Agreement’s 2nd year
      WTO members took stock of progress in implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) at the 12-13 February meeting of the Committee on Trade Facilitation a week before the second anniversary of the Agreement’s entry into force. Members called for the timely fulfilment of commitments and discussed efforts to help each other carry out the Agreement.
    • DG Azevêdo: Food safety crucial in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
      Speaking at a conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 12 February 2018, entitled “The First FAO/WHO/AU International Food Safety Conference”, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo highlighted that food safety “is a central element of public health”. He noted that the WTO’s rules, such as the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement and the Trade Facilitation Agreement, play a key […]
    • DDG Wolff welcomes participants to two-week Seminar on WTO Accessions Rules
      Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff welcomed 29 participants from 15 acceding governments attending the first Seminar on WTO Accession Rules from 4 to 15 February in Geneva. Speaking at a ceremony on 11 February, DDG Wolff highlighted the success of the accession process since the establishment of the WTO in 1995 and underlined the benefits membership […]
    • DG Azevêdo meets with members of the UN Working Group on business and human rights
      Director-General Roberto Azevêdo received today at the WTO Mr. Surya Deva, Ms. Anita Ramasastry, Ms. Elzbieta Karska and Mr. Dante Pesce, members of the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights.
    • Arbitrator issues decision in dispute between Korea and US on large residential washers
      On 8 February 2019, a WTO arbitrator issued a decision on the level of trade suspension Korea may request in its dispute with the United States regarding US anti-dumping and countervailing duty measures on large residential washers from Korea (DS464).
    • DG Azevêdo welcomes the 2019 cohort of WTO young professionals
      Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed the third cohort of WTO young professionals on 6 February. The 13 participants of the Young Professionals Programme were selected from more than 1,100 candidates after a competitive, merit-based selection process.
    • Members welcome Global Review of Aid for Trade preparations
      WTO members discussed preparations for the Aid for Trade (Aft) Global Review and implementation activities at the 6 February AfT session of the Committee on Trade and Development. Members also heard presentations from two workshops on how economies can better pursue environmentally sustainable growth and be better prepared with digital skills.
    • Assessing Labour’s new “five tests”
      The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has written a letter to Theresa May, demanding five changes to the Political Declaration which could secure Labour's support for the Brexit deal. Open Europe's Dominic Walsh and Aarti Shankar examine Corbyn's proposals, whether they are negotiable with the Government and the EU, and the broader political consequences.The post Assessing […]
    • Options for renegotiating the backstop
      In a new briefing note, Open Europe's Stephen Booth, Dominic Walsh, David Shiels and Aarti Shankar consider what changes to the current backstop would be both negotiable with the EU and command the support of MPs.The post Options for renegotiating the backstop appeared first on Open Europe.
    • Are the UK and the EU27 prepared for No Deal?
      Open Europe's Henry Newman gave evidence to the House of Lords EU select committee on January 29. Below is a brief summary of the session.The post Are the UK and the EU27 prepared for No Deal? appeared first on Open Europe.
    • Theresa May cannot bring back exact same Brexit deal
      Speaking to France 24 News on January 30, Open Europe’s Henry Newman assessed the prospects of breaking the deadlock over the Irish backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement.The post Theresa May cannot bring back exact same Brexit deal appeared first on Open Europe.
    • What is Theresa May’s next Brexit move?
      Open Europe's Pieter Cleppe appeared on Al Jazeera Inside Story to discuss UK-EU negotiations on January 30, alongside Catherine McBride and Jonathan Lis.The post What is Theresa May’s next Brexit move? appeared first on Open Europe.
    • Extending Article 50 has to have a purpose
      Open Europe’s Dominic Walsh analyses whether Theresa May can engage in future negotiations with the EU over the Irish backstop on TRT World News.The post Extending Article 50 has to have a purpose appeared first on Open Europe.
    • What can the UK and the EU agree on the Irish backstop?
      Open Europe's Henry Newman appeared on BBC News alongside journalist Dawn Foster on January 29, discussing the parliamentary votes on amendments to the Withdrawal Agreement.The post What can the UK and the EU agree on the Irish backstop? appeared first on Open Europe.
    • MPs need to be clear about changes to the Irish backstop
      In a discussion with Mark Carruthers and Irish Senator Neale Richmond, Open Europe's Henry Newman assessed the possibility of tweaking the Irish backstop in order to gain the support of some MPs. He appeared on BBC Northern Ireland's Sunday Politics programme on January 27.The post MPs need to be clear about changes to the Irish […]
    • Crunching the numbers: is there a Parliamentary majority for anything?
      MPs voted overwhelmingly against the Brexit deal last week, but could any outcome command a majority in the House of Commons? Open Europe’s Dominic Walsh takes a look at the numbers.The post Crunching the numbers: is there a Parliamentary majority for anything? appeared first on Open Europe.
    • Are MPs close to ruling out a No Deal Brexit?
      Two groups of cross-party MPs have tabled legislation aimed at preventing a No Deal Brexit – but can they actually achieve this goal? Open Europe’s Anthony Egan and Dominic Walsh take a look.The post Are MPs close to ruling out a No Deal Brexit? appeared first on Open Europe.