Trade Matters

Trade matters to the UK economy. And as we prepare for Brexit and to leave the single market and current customs union, it matters more than it has for a generation.

These pages will explore some of the most pressing matters around the UK's future trading relationships, with insights from some of the country's leading experts in all aspects of international trade.

Welcome to Trade Matters, our expert trade hub. Here you will find a collection of articles, podcasts and events.

Trade Matters will provoke, support and inform discussions between industry, academia, international organisations and governments at all levels in the UK and beyond. Our focus is to help policymakers make the best possible decisions about trade at this pivotal time for the UK.

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The future of the border

In the third podcast in our series, Paul George hosts a discussion on the future of borders as the UK prepares to leave the EU, featuring PwC's Jo Bello, global head of Indirect Tax And Customs Duties, Julia Onslow-Cole, global head of Immigration and Legal Markets leader and Andy Key, who leads on law enforcement, borders and security for our government team. What could the borders look like, where are the challenges and opportunities and is there anything we can do to prepare now?

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What is the future of borders post Brexit?

Jo Bello, PwC’s global head of Indirect Tax And Customs, reflects here on her conversation on our recent podcast about the uncertain future of the border and what businesses can be doing now.

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Trading Up: Using export policy to build a Global Britain beyond Brexit

To thrive in a post-Brexit economy, UK businesses will need the best possible access to export markets for their world-class products and services. We recently hosted the second in our series of events hosted by PwC looking at how to get the best trade deal for the UK.

Speakers included:

  • Michael Moore, Former Secretary of State for Scotland (Chair)
  • The Hon Alexander Downer, Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
  • Sir John Grant, Former British Ambassador to European Union
  • Lesley Batchelor OBE, Director General, Institute of Export & International Trade

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UK Government vision for how trade in movement of goods could work across the Northern Ireland and Ireland border: what can businesses do now to prepare?

UK Government vision for how trade in movement of goods could work across the Northern Ireland and Ireland border: what can businesses do now to prepare?

On 16 August, the UK Government published two papers on its vision for how the new border with the EU and the specific border between Northern Ireland and Ireland could be made as seamless and frictionless as possible. We have discussed the wider EU vision paper in our blog yesterday. Today, we focus purely on the customs border vision in the Northern Ireland and Ireland position paper.

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Tina Hallett
Leader of Industry for Government and Public Services
Tel: +44 (0)20 7804 1704

Paul George
International Development Leader
Tel: +44 (0)207 213 4854

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