Southampton MP gets trade figures wrong
Royston Smith claimed 90% of trade through the Port of Southampton is with non-EU countries and so under WTO terms. They’re not the same thing.
Boris Johnson's new Brexit deal: four key questions answered
Following the publication of the revised agreement between Boris Johnson's government and the European Union, we look at four key questions about the deal.
Could we still have a “no deal” Brexit in 2020 at the end of the transition?
A "no deal" remains a possibility at the end of 2020 even if the withdrawal agreement passes, but this is a different type of “no deal” to the one that’s commonly discussed.
GATT 24: new argument, same old problems
A new claim about GATT 24 runs into an old problem: the EU probably won’t agree to it, and it doesn’t explain that it would mean significant barriers to trade with the EU.
The EU doesn’t have a 30% tariff on African cocoa imports
The vast majority of African countries can export cocoa to the EU tariff-free.
It's not correct that 98% of world trade is done via the WTO
98% of global trade is done by members of the WTO, but some of this trade is done via trade agreements, not under WTO terms.
What’s a free port, and does the EU have them?
Free ports (areas within countries where import tariffs don’t apply) exist within the EU, but in a more limited form than elsewhere in the world.
Lamb exports to Japan aren’t due to EU trade deal
It’s incorrect to say we can only export lamb to Japan because of the EU-Japan trade deal. It’s because Japan lifted a ban on lamb imports from the UK.
Boris Johnson’s kipper claim is a red herring
Boris Johnson claimed that EU regulation required kipper sellers to pack kippers in ice. This is not an EU regulation – it is UK regulation.
Old claim about Brexit economic boost resurfaces
A claim that a new analysis shows the UK will be £135 billion richer after Brexit is based on an old report from Economists for Free Trade. Most other economists think the UK will be worse off in any Brexit scenario.