European Britain Global Britain: Foreign Affairs and International Relations Post-Brexit

Foreign Affairs and International Relations Policy Group

It’s now over 4 years since the UK electorate decided on 23rd June 2016 by referendum to leave the European Union, a decision which came into effect under the terms of the Withdrawal Treaty on 31st January 2020.


The big Brexit choices over the UK economy and trade policy are fully known with a decision by the UK to leave the EU Single Market and Customs Union, though negotiations continue over other aspects of a future relationship, which we hope will be successfully concluded with an agreement between us.


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Ready to Roll? Key issues around UK/EU Roll-on/Roll-off readiness

International Trade Policy Group


  • The UK Government’s present approach to negotiations will lead to trade friction between Great Britain and the EU and Northern Ireland.


  • On the 1st January, friction will – at the very least – result from customs requirements and import checks on British goods entering the Single Market and Customs Union, with further friction developing from required exit declarations on goods coming from the Single Market and Customs Union into Great Britain.
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Reset To Sunset: a proposal to break the impasse in the UK-EU trade talks

October 01, 2020

Martin Smith, Gerard Fox and the CGE trade working group


If the talks between the UK and the EU conclude without a free trade agreement (FTA), leaving the two sides trading on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms at the end of the transition period, the consequences will be catastrophic for the UK and non-trivial for the EU, which counts the UK as its second-largest export market. There were signs over the summer that this may be avoided: the EU signalled flexibility on fisheries and governance; the UK took steps to implement the Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP) and showed signs of recognising that regulatory autonomy trades off with market access. Some commentators wrote that agreement was likely to be reached on regulatory issues. 


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Ten questions the UK government needs to answer to enable businesses to prepare for the end of post-Brexit transition

July 29, 2020

CGE Trade Policy Group


We are now less than 6 months away from the end of the transition period. Our trading companies are already overloaded pushing their businesses through the COVID-19 crisis. It has never been more important that they know what they need to prepare for in the coming months. Having extensively researched the field, we feel that clarity is needed over new administrative requirements and border procedures, many of which are not dependent on whether the future relationship negotiations end without an agreement or with the kind of Free Trade Agreement – without extensive regulatory alignment – envisaged by the government. Whichever option occurs will require major change for companies who import or export to Europe.


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Conservatives and the European Convention on Human Rights

July 16, 2020

The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC


The ECHR and the HRA has long been divisive in the Conservative Party. Successive Conservative manifestos have suggested that the HRA should be scrapped or amended. The paper explores this issue and the implications for the UK.


The ECHR is substantially the product of UK legal and political thinking and derived from UK traditions and concepts of liberty and democracy. It’s creation and development in its early years was supported by successive Conservative Governments in the 1950s and 60s. 


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What's the problem with Super Canada?

March 14, 2020

Gerard Fox is an East Sussex Conservative County Councillor, and a member of the Conservative Group for Europe Executive. He is a former member of the Parliamentary Candidates’ List. A retired Managing Director of Credit Suisse Europe Ltd., he has over 30 years’ experience in financial markets. He is an investor in the Wine industry.

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Starting to Build Britain’s Post-Brexit Future

January 31, 2020

Having secured a House of Commons majority of 80 seats over all other parties, the Government now has the necessary parliamentary votes to ensure passage of its Brexit legislation.

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Seeking the Common Good

June 12, 2018

Every Conservative Prime Minister, from Macmillan to Cameron, has recognised the importance of strong and committed British participation in European political and economic institutions.

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Keeping the Bridges Open. Alternatives for Transition.

March 20, 2018

Joseph Egerton is a former Economics Director of the British Chambers of Commerce and Research Fellow at Oxford who has specialised in financial regulation for over 30 years. He stood as Conservative candidate in Leigh in 1992 and more recently in Canterbury for the Kent County Council.

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