Trade

Fact checks around imports, exports and trade figures

27 November 2019

What do the trade documents Jeremy Corbyn showed actually say about drug prices?

The documents show that, as expected, drug patents are a US negotiating objective in trade talks. But they don't show us what, if anything, the UK has actually agreed.

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What do the trade documents Jeremy Corbyn showed actually say about drug prices?
20 November 2019

Most African countries can export goods to the EU tariff free

Nigel Farage talked about the EU putting up trade barriers on African countries. The majority of African countries have no tariffs on exports to the EU, although a handful do …

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Most African countries can export goods to the EU tariff free
21 October 2019

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.

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Southampton MP gets trade figures wrong
18 October 2019

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.

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Boris Johnson's new Brexit deal: four key questions answered
18 October 2019

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 …

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Could we still have a “no deal” Brexit in 2020 at the end of the transition?
5 September 2019

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 …

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GATT 24: new argument, same old problems
27 August 2019

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.

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The EU doesn’t have a 30% tariff on African cocoa imports
15 August 2019

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 most of this trade is done via trade agreements, not WTO rules.

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It's not correct that 98% of world trade is done via the WTO
2 August 2019

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.

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What’s a free port, and does the EU have them?
31 July 2019

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.

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Lamb exports to Japan aren’t due to EU trade deal

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