free trade

The next big Brexit battle: protectionists vs free marketeers

9 April 2018 20:20

Although politicians and pundits have learnt the hard way not to take polls as gospel, the latest Opinium/Independent poll on…

The Spectator’s support for free trade is nothing new

5 October 2017 12:25

Free trade hasn’t always been a British tradition. When the first issue of The Spectator hit the newsstands in July…

Free traders need to get their act together

27 July 2017 10:13

The row over chlorine-washed chicken should be a wake-up call to British free traders. It is a sign of the…

Is the EU-Japan ‘trade deal’ real – or just a stunt?

6 July 2017 19:17

There is much celebration in Brussels today about what’s being described as a EU-Japan trade deal, but for political rather than…

What does President Trump do to Brexit?

21 January 2017 10:32

With Theresa May expected to head to Washington next week to see President Trump, I have a look at what the…

Donald Trump is right to take action against China

10 January 2017 11:33

It’s a mistake to think of Donald Trump as a protectionist, as Boris Johnson will have discovered during his recent…

Some clues as to what David Davis means by Brexit

5 September 2016 19:12

David Davis has just finished his first statement to the Commons on the process for the UK exiting the European…

May must sound optimistic about Brexit

9 July 2016 10:36

Theresa May’s biggest weakness in the Tory leadership race is that she backed Remain while most Tory members went Leave.…

How can we reassure other countries that Brexit isn’t a victory for ‘Little Britain’? Howard Drake has the answer

27 June 2016 14:25

Reassuring other countries that Brexit doesn’t mean Britain is hauling up the drawbridge is vital for ensuring the UK continues…

Boris and the Brexiteers are talking nonsense about Britain’s trade policies

1 April 2016 9:35

Meet Boris Johnson, Britain’s new chief trade negotiator. I admit it is an effort to imagine Boris in that parish,…

Trade comes before trade agreements (but the ‘in’ campaign don’t think so)

2 March 2016 16:50

The government, or at least David Cameron’s bit of it, seems to think that trade is something that takes place…

Non-EU countries don’t want Britain to join their club

29 October 2015 13:27

When you talk to representatives from friendly, non-EU countries about Britain’s referendum, two things strike you. First of all, nearly…

The idiot economy – behind the ‘dark web’ cyber-crime busts

10 November 2014 18:59

Spectator Money is out, with ideas on how to make it, spend it and even how to be seen spending it. Freddy Gray looks…

The EU had 30 years to create a single market, and failed – we need change

14 January 2014 13:14

It is perhaps the most striking failure of the EU that nearly 30 years since Margaret Thatcher signed the Single…

The Miracle of Globalisation: Most of the World has Never Had It So Good

30 April 2013 12:03

Could life in Bangladesh be better? Of course it could. Is life in Bangladesh getting better? Of course it is.…