Trade justice campaigners warn of executive power grab ahead of post-Brexit trade deal debate
David Lawrence Trade Justice Movement: “Thursday’s debate could be the only chance for MPs to debate these deals, and does not offer any assurances that MPs will be able to influence negotiations, access texts or get a meaningful vote on the deals.”
Craig Dalzell: Looking past the headlines on Scotland's export stats reveals hidden truths
Common Weal head of policy & research Dr Craig Dalzell looks in depth at Export Statistics Scotland’s latest publication, and finds it reveals truths about Scotland’s economy which do not easily fit the Unionist narrative
THE new Export Statistics Scotland publication shows the global opportunities for Scottish goods and the solid foundations for the economy of an independent Scotland.
5 things you need to know about the UK-EU Political Declaration on Brexit
The Political Declaration has been described as “25 pages of waffle” and “an agreement to have an agreement” by opposition party leaders
THE UK and EU have agreed a Political Declaration on the future relationship between the two countries. EU member states will meet on Sunday [25 November] to decide whether they will accept the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration, and if they agree it will then go the House of Commons in coming weeks.
Calum Martin: Why Trump is not a protectionist, but we perhaps should be
Calum Martin, national co-chair of the Scottish Socialist Party, highlights a new trade deal between Japan and the EU which will increase the power of corporations over our lives, and says it’s wrong to think of ‘free trade’ as anti-Trump, as the US President’s plan is simply seeking to bully countries into acquiescing to US corporate power
Amid concerns around Trade Bill “power grab”, MSPs will consider impact on Scotland
Parliamentary event will see MSPs discuss the implications of post-Brexit trade deals
THE TRADE JUSTICE Scotland Coalition has organised an event which will highlight the risks of post-Brexit trade deals in light of the UK Government’s Trade Bill.
The event aimed at MSPs and supported by Green MSP Mark Ruskell will take place in the Scottish Parliament on 16 January - one week after the controversial Trade Bill was passed at its second reading in the House of Commons.
Round three of Brexit talks in Brussels expected to see shift in negotiations
UK Ministers hoping for concession on “divorce bill” during fresh Brexit talks
THE THIRD round of Brexit talks will take place today, with the UK looking to push forward on trade negotiations.
UK Brexit Secretery David Davis is expected to try to steer talks towards trade during the third round of negotiations during talks in Brussels later today.
But his EU counterpart Michel Barnier will demand progress on the “divorce bill,” current EU citizens' rights, and concrete assurances regarding the Irish border.
Brexit latest: Scottish Government strengthens calls for UK to stay in Customs Union
Calls for greater clarity from Brexit minister over free trade deal
THE Scottish Government has asked its UK counterparts to reconsider plans for a temporary customs union, and to reconsider the position on leaving the European Single Market.
The call comes after a UK Government paper claimed Brexit Secretary David Davis could ask the EU for a temporary, two-year, arrangement after businesses asked for clarity on how trade would continue after Brexit.
Campaigners raise fears over social impact of Tory Brexit trade deals
UK Government ramping up efforts to establish new international trade deals
AS THE UK Government ramps up its search for international trade deals to offset trade loses from Brexit, campaigners have warned about potential negative impacts from future deals.
Fears have been sparked in recent days by a scare over the potential for US chickens washed in chlorine to make it to UK markets.
Think tank hits fundraising target to put together blueprint for an independent Scotland
Thinktank preparing policy for the new independence fight
COMMON WEAL, Scotland’s pro-independence thinktank, has hit its initial fundraising target of £25,000 to support work on it’s White Paper Project, which aims to offer the answers to the big questions facing the next Scottish independence campaign.