20 March 2017

Pascal Lamy, former Director of the World Trade Organization (WTO), warns that a UK-EU free trade agreement will take five to six years. Oliver Ilott argues that the pressure of trying to agree a deal in two years means that government has to establish new, rapid processes for decision making in the negotiations

21 February 2017

Bronwen Maddox asks if the Trump presidency could actually make Brexit easier.

06 February 2017

Hilary Benn MP believes the Home Office faces a serious challenge in attempting to register the three million EU residents currently living in the UK. Euan McCarthy explains the scale of that challenge. 

26 January 2017

Theresa May wants to conclude a US agreement within two years. But Oliver Ilott argues that Whitehall is not ready. [This piece first appeared in Times Red Box.]


16 January 2017

Donald Trump has promised that a UK–US trade deal will be ‘done quickly and done properly’ after Brexit. Oliver Ilott warns a deal would have to overcome four uncomfortable truths.

21 December 2016

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is currently hearing a case about the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, which Oliver Ilott argues could have an effect on the UK’s free trade with the EU after Brexit.  

21 November 2016

As the world comes to terms with the results of last week’s US elections, Robyn Munro argues that the Trump Presidency will have a significant impact on trade and foreign policy relations between the US and the EU – but offers some opportunities for a post-Brexit UK.  

10 November 2016

There continues to be significant debate over UK immigration policy, and what price the country may pay for imposing restrictions on EU migrants in terms of Single Market access. Aron Cheung says this issue divides the UK and devolved governments, and looks at the radical solutions proposed.

08 November 2016

As Theresa May visits India, Oliver Ilott argues that the UK needs to consider four key principles when formulating its post-Brexit trade policy.

04 November 2016

The service industry is particularly important for the UK, so MPs yesterday debated the impact of Brexit on the sector. Ines Stelk says there are four options for future trade with the EU that offer the best deal.