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By Peter Ungphakorn
POSTED JUNE XXIV, MMXIX | UPDATED NOVEMBER 9, 2019
We don’t usually argue about what a law means. Somehow this WTO rule has found its way into British political debate. It has become even more prominent because it’s advocated by Boris Johnson. And yet, we really don’t need to be talking about it at all.
• Essentially, stop talking talk about Article 24
• But I promised
• What is GATT?
• What is GATT Article 24?
• Why is it needed?
• How often is it used?
• Does the UK have GATT Art.24 agreements?
• Do WTO members have to approve these agreements?
• Is that it?
• Can GATT Art.24 be used with a Brexit “no deal”?
• So why is it an issue?
• Why do people talk about 10 years?
• Why the confusion?
• Any other problems?
• Anything else?
• Finally, some tweets
• The myth of a 10-year grace period, Brexit and trade talks with the EU
• GATT Art.24 — In-depth answers to frequently and not-so-frequently asked questions
• One last go. The Article 24 red herring in less than 400 words
• Brexit through the magic land of Eksive
• GATT Article 24: They still don’t get it (video)
We never say we have to comply with “Law RTRA sects 81, 86, 89 & sch 6”. We say “keep to the speed limit”.
We drive, observing (or ignoring) the limit. We discuss speeding and appropriate limits. We never say “Law RTRA sects 81, 86, 89 & sch 6”.
GATT Art.24 governs free trade agreements in goods.
Politically, the rule is unimportant and should never have been brought into the debate. Unfortunately it has now become an issue in the race to be Tory leader and prime minister.
If Article 24 is unimportant, what is important? These are:
- What kind of UK-EU deal is proposed?
- What would it do?
- Does it cover the UK’s needs? Who would it affect and how?
- Does it cover the EU’s needs? Who would it affect and how?
- What would it take for the UK and EU to agree?
- How long would it take?