As G7 trade ministers’ meeting kicks off, Truss calls for WTO reform
One of many ministerial meetings to happen in advance of the coming G7 summit in a few weeks, ahead of the trade-focused one happening over the next two days, Liz Truss is urging fellow attendees to back WTO reform to help fix issues such as the dysfunctional appeals system, sort out unfair agricultural tariffs, update the rule-book and ‘advance digital and green trade’. You can read the press release here
Speaking separately to Politico, Truss has also argued that the UK needs to become less dependent on China and says WTO reforms can help counter China’s illicit trade practices such as IP violations, “unfair” industrial subsidies and forced technology transfers.
Her predecessor Liam Fox will also be speaking today at the Centre for Policy Studies
in an event timed to coincide with the G7 Ministerial making the case for a carbon border tax. Hitting a similar note, we’ve got our own paper out today arguing that Britain needs to pro-actively get ahead of EU proposals for a similar form of tax. In the paper, author William Young proposes the UK pursues ‘multilateral channelling’ to achieve this. You can read it here
, and keep an eye on the Geostrategy360 podcast
for an episode released later today on the paper and the G7 Ministerial.
Hungarian leader Orban heads for Britain
The controversial Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will meet Boris Johnson in London tomorrow. According to The Times
, Orban is the most Eurosceptic and pro-Russian/Chinese leader in Europe. Labour’s Lisa Nandy has called on the prime minister to push Orban on human rights issues and to take a stronger stance on the Lukashenko regime in Belarus. Click here
to access the article. In an interesting context piece for UnHerd
, Alexander Faludy has made the case that, far from Boris needing much from this visit, it is in fact Orban who hopes to gain allies in the European Conservatives and Reformists group. Read on here
Ministry of Defence unveils ‘The Foundry’
General Sir Patrick Sanders, who is swiftly becoming Britain’s most press-friendly general it seems, has revealed that the MoD is to found a new hub for Britain’s Defence Digital Service. The location of The Foundry is yet to be decided, but this new cyber-force will exploit a different commercial model somewhere in between the military and the private sector. The Telegraph
has the full write-up