Trade

Donald Trump is right: Western food markets are protectionist

11 June 2018 12:09

In Donald Trump’s dealings with Kim Jong-un it is possible to decipher a strategy of creative destruction: stir things up,…

The UK economy isn’t all doom and gloom

3 May 2018 19:12

This is an extract from this week’s ‘Any Other Business’ column.  The UK economy grew just 0.1 per cent in…

Why Brexiteer ministers are so concerned at the moment

21 April 2018 10:39

Senior Cabinet Brexiteers are more concerned about the project than they have been in some time, I write in The…

European Commission rain on Theresa May’s parade

7 March 2018 13:02

Here we go. The European Commission draft guidelines for the Brexit trade negotiations have leaked – and, as expected, it…

The EU must open trade talks with the UK

26 October 2017 15:58

Let me make it clear at the outset: I was against Brexit. However, I am appalled by the reaction to…

Why Fairtrade fails to help farmers in developing countries

16 October 2017 13:11

Fairtrade or ‘Fairer Trade’? Who knew that the use of a comparative could cause so much fuss? What with Sainsbury’s…

We all know Britain must be ‘open for business’ when we leave the EU – but how?

18 August 2017 11:48

As Brexit continues to dominate the headlines there is, understandably, a great deal of anxiety surrounding the UK’s future prosperity,…

Ireland’s Taoiseach talks tough on Brexit

4 August 2017 17:03

There are three areas on which the EU insists that the Brexit negotiations must make progress on, before proper trade…

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…

A quick trade deal with the US after Brexit is less likely than we think

22 February 2017 10:02

It is many a Brexiteer’s fantasy: In 2019, shortly after the UK formally leaves the EU, Theresa May welcomes Donald…

A US / UK free trade deal is the big prize for Theresa May

28 January 2017 10:40

Theresa May’s team will be basking this morning in the write-ups of her successful visit to Washington. As I say…

Why the Germans are so worried about the Trump administration

23 January 2017 18:31

One of the advantages for Theresa May in being the first foreign leader to visit the Trump White House is…

Theresa May’s passage to India

7 November 2016 14:45

When a Prime Minister flies off abroad with a few business-leaders it is seldom worthy of comment. Such trade missions…

Britain shouldn’t stay in the customs union after Brexit

15 October 2016 10:23

A Brexit deal that would end free movement and see UK goods able to access the EU market without tariffs…

Liam Fox is giving a speech on the economy to the IEA today. Picture: Getty

Liam Fox confirms that Britain now has a nationalist government

11 September 2016 13:42

Unlike the boss, I thought Liam Fox’s comments on fat and lazy British businesses that could be exporting more but aren’t because, well, an…

Liam Fox is right: we need to talk about Britain’s trade problem

10 September 2016 13:44

When Theresa May appointed three of the most outspoken and free-minded Brexiteers to her Cabinet, her fellow Remainers were delighted.…

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.…

Sajid Javid is grabbing the Brexit bull by the horns

8 July 2016 17:09

While frustrated Remain campaigners continue to speak of economic Armageddon, a very significant move happened yesterday. Business secretary Sajid Javid…

Is the looming prospect of Brexit dampening trade with other EU countries?

9 June 2016 17:00

Is the looming prospect of Brexit dampening trade with other EU countries? Not if the latest trade statistics are anything…

Britain is selling less to Europe but the EU is still hugely important

10 May 2016 16:39

Britain’s trade deficit – the gap between what the UK imports and exports – is now at its biggest since…

There is no such thing as ‘immigrants’ – only Poles, Yanks, Somalis…

6 November 2014 15:50

There was much glee about yesterday’s publication of a report into the economic impact of immigration, which concluded eastern Europeans…

The genius of Jean-Claude Juncker

11 September 2014 14:27

For all of the protestations about Jean Claude Juncker’s unsuitability for what is, ultimately, the EU’s top job (sorry, Angela Merkel), the…

Alex Salmond receives a lesson from the school of foreign policy hard knocks

29 April 2014 12:05

Look: Alex Salmond’s indulgent appraisal of Vladimir Putin’s record was foolish and naive and all too revealing but let’s not…

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.…

Mr Obama, Tear Down This Offal Wall - Spectator Blogs

25 January 2013 8:53

It is not often that I find myself agreeing with Sarah Palin. But the erstwhile Governor of Alaska and hockey-mom-in-chief…