Blavatnik School co-hosts workshop on the future of UK trade policy

The Blavatnik School and the International Chamber of Commerce UK co-hosted a workshop on the future of UK trade policy. The workshop was moderated by Emily Jones, Associate Professor of Public Policy at the School, and facilitated a stakeholder dialogue between UK business organisations, trade unions, and consumer and civil society groups.

The workshop resulted in broad consensus on diverse issues, including:

  • increasing the transparency of trade negotiations;
  • restructuring and reforming the nature of stakeholder engagement and consultation; and
  • aligning UK trade policy with other priorities in the areas of economic recovery, human rights and climate action and sustainability.

In 2021, the UK holds the G7 Presidency and will host the UN COP26 climate summit later in the year; as such, the workshop also highlighted the UK's responsibility to ensure global leadership through comprehensive, equitable, sustainable and progressive trade policy.