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    Second Referendum is our only hope

    The Election failed to show us any way forward.We are now in a worse situation.
    We have to reconsider our situation and ask the public to reconsider their situation NOW before we negotiate with the EU
    We need to have another referendum.
    We also need to state on the voting document

    If we vote out it will make us poorer.

    If we vote in our economy will be better

    • “We need to adjust and react“: Public Forum calls for more inclusive global trading system
      The WTO’s annual Public Forum opened on 26 September with keynote speakers issuing heartfelt pleas for a more inclusive global trading system where the benefits of trade are more widely shared among all communities.
    • New handbook provides up-to-date guidance on WTO dispute settlement proceedings
      A new edition of A Handbook on the WTO Dispute Settlement System, co-published by the WTO and Cambridge University Press, was issued today (26 September 2017). Prepared by dispute settlement lawyers from the Legal Affairs Division and the Rules Division of the WTO Secretariat and from the Appellate Body Secretariat, this handbook provides practical information […]
    • Russia accepts TRIPS amendment to ease poor countries’ access to affordable medicines
      On 22 September 2017 the Russian Federation deposited its instrument of acceptance for the 2005 protocol amending the WTO’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) with WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo. This brings to 118 the total number of WTO members that have agreed to make the protocol a permanent part of the […]
    • WTO dispute panel established to rule on Chinese farm import quotas
      At its meeting on 22 September, the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) agreed to establish a panel to rule on a complaint filed by the United States regarding China’s administration of its tariff rate quotas (TRQs) for certain imported farm goods. The DSB also formally adopted the panel report, as amended by the Appellate Body, […]
    • WTO upgrades forecast for 2017 as trade rebounds strongly
      WTO economists have issued a strong upward revision to their forecast for 2017 trade expansion following a sharp acceleration in global trade growth in the first half of the year.
    • Ukraine files WTO complaint over Kazakhstan steel duties
      Ukraine has requested WTO consultations with Kazakhstan regarding anti-dumping measures levied by Kazakhstan on certain types of steel pipes imported from Ukraine. The request was circulated to WTO members on 21 September.
    • WTO members review Korea-Colombia, Korea-India trade agreements
      WTO members reviewed the Korea-Colombia Free Trade Agreement and the Korea-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement at a meeting of the Committee on Regional Trade Agreements (CRTA) on 20 September. They also discussed the committee’s other work in terms of notifications of RTAs and consultations on the issue of following up on the 2015 Nairobi ministerial […]
    • Trade Policy Review: Paraguay
      The fourth review of the trade policies and practices of Paraguay takes place on 20 and 22 September 2017. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Paraguay.
    • Australia gives AUD 1.4 million to help developing countries participate in global trade
      The government of Australia is contributing over AUD 1.4 million (CHF 1.1 million) to WTO trade-related programmes to help developing countries and in particular least-developed countries (LDCs) participate in multilateral trade negotiations and better access global markets.
    • WTO announces winner of 2017 Essay Award for Young Economists
      The winner of the 2017 WTO Essay Award for Young Economists is Meredith Startz of Princeton University. Her paper, “The Value of Face-to-Face: Search and Contracting Problems in Nigerian Trade”, was ranked first by the Selection Panel. She was presented with her prize of CHF 5,000 at the annual meeting of the European Trade Study […]
    • Where to now, Germany?
      Many observers were waiting for the German elections to see where Berlin would steer Europe, and in the expectation that it could unlock Brexit discussions. Open Europe's Leopold Traugott analyses what the election results mean for Eurozone reform, Brexit negotiations and EU integration in general.The post Where to now, Germany? appeared first on Open Europe.
    • Renaissance or Pudding? European reaction to Theresa May’s Florence speech
      Open Europe’s Marta Vokshi and Leopold Traugott take a look at the European reactions to Prime Minister Theresa May’s much anticipated Florence speech on Brexit.The post Renaissance or Pudding? European reaction to Theresa May’s Florence speech appeared first on Open Europe.
    • Open Europe responds to Theresa May’s Florence speech
      Theresa May today set forward the UK government's agreed position for a sensible and time-limited "standstill" transition arrangement.The post Open Europe responds to Theresa May’s Florence speech appeared first on Open Europe.
    • Open Europe’s preview of Theresa May’s Florence speech
      Ahead of the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence, Open Europe's Director, Henry Newman, examines the divisions in Cabinet over our future relationship with the UK - between a so-called "EEA minus" and "CETA plus" model. Henry argues that Theresa May is expected to make clear that the UK will reserve the right in future to […]
    • Cabinet must decide and spell out its vision for Brexit
      In an article originally published on 18th September on ConservativeHome and referenced by Rachel Sylvester in The Times, Open Europe’s Director Henry Newman writes that Boris Johnson’s article may have ruffled feathers, but that the row risks overshadowing a crucial question about the kind of country the UK wants to be after a Brexit transition […]
    • View from Brussels: Juncker’s State of the Union speech – the good, the bad and the ugly
      Pieter Cleppe, Open Europe’s man in Brussels, assesses European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s “State of the Union” address.The post View from Brussels: Juncker’s State of the Union speech – the good, the bad and the ugly appeared first on Open Europe.
    • UK has much to offer EU on foreign and security policy but needs to spell out how it will work
      Open Europe’s Stephen Booth argues that the Government’s paper on foreign policy and defence cooperation is a useful summary and assessment of the status quo. However, if the UK wants to convince the EU27 it is serious about a “deep and special partnership” it should make specific proposals for post-Brexit cooperation in foreign and security […]
    • What to expect from Jean-Claude Juncker’s “State of the Union” speech tomorrow
      Open Europe has obtained the minutes of a dinner discussion on 5 September between Juncker’s chef de cabinet, Martin Selmayr, and the 28 deputy permanent representatives to the EU. The discussion covered preparations for Juncker’s speech tomorrow as well as the EU Commission’s “Working Programme” for 2017-2018. Open Europe’s Pieter Cleppe, the head of our […]
    • Parliamentary battle over Repeal Bill will really heat up in October
      The Repeal Bill is expected to pass Second Reading with relative ease tonight but there are likely to be further battles when the Bill reaches committee stage later in the autumn. Anders Jay explains the main features of the legislation and some points of controversy.The post Parliamentary battle over Repeal Bill will really heat up […]
    • How the German elections may affect Brexit
      German federal elections in late September are likely to see Angela Merkel enter her fourth term as chancellor, yet without a majority big enough to govern alone. Leopold Traugott assesses the possible outcomes of the election, and how they may influence Berlin’s position in negotiations over Brexit and future UK-EU relations.The post How the German […]