• Trade: Free Trade V. Protectionism

    The Citizens’ Assembly is looking at what kind of trade arrangement the UK should seek with the EU. The debates can get quite detailed and confusing. But there is also a big question of principle: is free trade a good thing at all? Free Trade V. Protectionism: Overview One view says that we should make […]

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  • Trade: Issues to Consider

    There are many issues that we can consider when looking at trade policy. Different people will care about different issues – there is no single right answer. Here are some of the issues you might think about. The Health of the Economy as a Whole The health of the economy affects everyone. It has an […]

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  • Trade: Options for the Future

    The UK has to make decisions on two issues in relation to the future of trade: How do we want to trade with the EU after Brexit? How do we want to trade with countries outside the EU? At the moment, both of these matters are decided by our membership of the EU: How we […]

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  • Trade: The Numbers

    The charts in this briefing paper given you some numbers on trade. The first two charts give information on how much trade the UK does with the EU and with countries outside the EU. 1. UK exports to and imports from the EU and countries outside the EU, in billions of pounds The chart on […]

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  • Trade: How It Works Today

    Single Market and the Customs Union. If you managed to read the briefing that we sent you before the Assembly meeting, you will find some of the content is the same. The Single Market The Single Market aims to allow economic activity to take place across the EU without any barriers. All EU members are […]

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  • Trade: The basics

    What is trade? Trade is the buying and selling of products between countries. These products can be goods, such as food and electrical products, or services, such as education and banking. People and companies in the UK often trade with people and companies in other countries. For example, you might own a German washing machine. […]

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