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The Straits Times | Taking the 'Chinese' out of Chinese investment in Australia

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15 Feb 2017
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Region: 
Asia

The island state of Tasmania lies off the southern coast of mainland Australia and is known for having the cleanest air in the world, fertile farmland and coastal waters abundant with seafood. This month, Tasmania will get its first direct international flight. The destination is Ningbo in northern China, and the plane will carry not people, but milk.

Chinese investment is transforming Tasmania. Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the island in November 2014 unleashed a surge of investment activity.

Energy Voice | Scottish independence ‘biggest risk’ facing North Sea oil and gas – energy advisor

2 Feb 2017
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
UK

An energy policy expert has described Scottish independence as the biggest risk facing North Sea oil and gas.

Matthew Duhan, lead adviser on energy issues at advisory firm Global Counsel, claimed this was especially true related to decommissioning.

Speaking at an Oil and Gas UK event in London, he also said it was not “unimaginable” Theresa May might block a second referendum north of the border.

Natural Gas World | Brexit 'could reduce UK market liquidity'

1 Feb 2017
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
UK

Taking the UK out of the European Union will probably lead to more gas trade at continental hubs at the expense of the UK.

Article 50 is expected to be triggered on March 9, according to business advisory firm Global Counsel's Matt Duhan, with the first item on the agenda thereafter the size of the UK payment to the EU, which the EC puts at €60bn and the UK at only €20bn. "There is a lot of difference between the two, and that is the first bridge to cross," he said.

Borderlex | Brexit trade update – US, Turkey, WTO, New Zealand

30 Jan 2017
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Regions: 
UK,
Americas

Post-Brexit trade agreements will not come along so quickly for Britain. But the country is slowly getting prepared for its post-Brexit trading relationships, including with the US. According to Gregor Irwin, chief economist at the consultancy Global Counsel in London, “there is a sovereignty problem” in this relationship. “The big prize in any UK-US trade deal is not tariff reduction, as with a few notable exceptions, tariffs are mostly small already. The big prize comes from removing regulatory barriers to trade. But this means conceding some sovereignty over regulation.

CNN | Trump says he'll have to handle UK trade deal himself

26 Jan 2017
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
UK,
Americas

President Trump drew laughs Thursday when he said he would have to hammer out a trade deal himself with British Prime Minister Theresa May. But Britain is still part of the European Union, and it'll be a couple of years before it's officially completed the Brexit process and can legally make its own trade deals.

"The U.K. may choose to ignore that, but it means further souring the relationship with Brussels just as the Brexit negotiations are starting," Gregor Irwin, chief economist at the strategic advisory firm Global Counsel, has told CNNMoney.

Global Trade Review | CETA pushes ahead in the face of protectionism

25 Jan 2017
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
Americas

The European Union has made adjustments to its landmark Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and moved one step closer to sealing the deal, while protectionism and inward policy prevails across the Atlantic in the US.

“Full ratification will take some time longer. I don’t get the sense that the commission wants to rush that just yet but they do want to demonstrate that they are making progress on trade policy at a time when the Trump administration is being very protectionist,” says chief economist at Global Counsel, Gregor Irwin to GTR.

Global Trade Review | Brexit decision adds uncertainty for businesses

25 Jan 2017
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
UK

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that an act of parliament must be passed before the UK government can withdraw from the European Union. The move adds a further process to the Brexit plight and throws more uncertainty into the picture for businesses.

“Passing this bill in the House of Commons should be relatively straight forward. It’s not yet clear how much difficulty the government will have passing the bill in the House of Lords,” chief economist at Global Counsel, Gregor Irwin tells GTR.

Bloomberg | May set to defy EU by opening pre-Brexit global trade talks

23 Jan 2017
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
UK

U.K. officials are preparing to fire the starting gun on trade negotiations with countries outside the European Union within months, defying warnings from the bloc that such action would be illegal.

“EU rules mean the U.K. cannot legally begin negotiating a trade deal with the US before the U.K. leaves the EU,” said Gregor Irwin, chief economist at Global Counsel in London. Defying the EU would risk “further souring the relationship with Brussels just as the Brexit negotiations are starting,” he said.

 

CNN | Trump says he wants a U.K. trade deal. Don't hold your breath

23 Jan 2017
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Regions: 
UK,
Americas

The new U.S. administration has promised to put the U.K. at the front of the queue for a trade deal.

"A trade agreement with the U.K. is unlikely to be a priority for the new U.S. administration, no matter what is said at the Trump-May press conference," said Gregor Irwin, chief economist at the strategic advisory firm, Global Counsel. "Domestic priorities and campaign promises will always come first."

Global Trade Review | Brexit means “bold and ambitious”

18 Jan 2017
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
UK

Prime minister Theresa May announced a “bold and ambitious” trade plan for the UK this week as she finally outlined the country’s strategy for exiting the European Union.

“I don’t think anything about the policy substance was particularly surprising. In many ways we’ve been wondering why we haven’t heard it before now,” chief economist at advisory firm Global Counsel, Gregor Irwin, tells GTR.