Some interesting insights are in Swiss government information notes, prepared mainly for traders and producers
Peter Ungphakorn POSTED FEBRUARY 5, 2019 | UPDATED JANUARY 27, 2021
A summary of this is on the EU Relations Law blog, here
W hat have the UK and Switzerland agreed on their trade relationship post-Brexit? Essentially, they have been partly “rolling over” to the UK the present Swiss-EU trade relationship.
EU agreements are being “rolled over” into UK agreements in order to allow as much continuity as possible for trade and for business. They are called “continuity agreements”.
Below are an
introduction to the provisions on goods and services, followed by Swiss government summaries of key parts of its agreements with the UK, mainly on goods but also narrowly on services.
But first, some context and explanations.
“What have the UK and Switzerland agreed on trade post-Brexit?”
People’s views of geographical indications range from cherishing them as precious cultural heritage and commercial property, to annoyance and scorn. They are complicated. Every argument has a counter-argument
Which of these are geographical indications? Answer at the end (click the image to see it full size)
Peter Ungphakorn POSTED MAY 5, 2018 | FIRST PUBLISHED ON UK TRADE FORUM APRIL 3, 2018 | UPDATED JANUARY 10, 2021
PART 1 BASICS
• What are geographical indications (GIs)?
• What do they apply to?
• Are they always place names?
• How do they relate to rules of origin?
• Why protect them?
• What does protection mean?
• How much protection?
PART 2 POLICY
• How are geographical indications protected?
• What does the UK face with the EU?
• What do we know about the UK’s plans?
• What does the UK face with other countries?
• What does the UK face in the WTO?
• Some GI titbits — style/method, orange, champagne, gruyère, feta
PART 3 WHAT THE WAITRESS SAID
Among the thousands of policy questions facing Britain after it leaves the EU is what its approach should be for geographical indications.
These are names — like Melton Mowbray pork pies, Rutland bitter and Bordeaux wine — that are used to identify certain products.
The UK’s policy will affect both its own and other countries’ names, and it has now taken first steps in revealing what its approach will be.
People’s views of geographical indications range from cherishing them as precious cultural heritage and commercial property, to annoyance and scorn.
What are they? And what are the decisions facing the UK? This is an attempt to explain them simply. It’s in two main parts with a small third part tacked on.
Continue reading “What are geographical indications? What do they mean for post-Brexit UK?”
The jewels in the crown are not just the power given to the people, but also the clear, simple, comprehensive and impartial explanations that accompany the ballot papers
MARCH 2, 2018 | UPDATED MARCH 4, 2018
• Voters in Vaud rejected the cantonal popular initiative on dental health insurance by 57.5% to 42.5% with a turnout of 55.6%
• The nationwide proposal to scrap the TV licence was rejected by all cantons, and by 71.6% to 28.4% of the popular vote, turnout 54.1%. Majorities in favour were needed on both counts
• The nationwide vote on extending the government’s authority to collect taxes was accepted by all cantons, and by 84.1% to 15.9% of the popular vote, turnout 52.9%. Again majorities were needed on both counts
• Incidentally, voters in Valais voted to rewrite their cantonal constitution.
On Sunday (March 4), the Swiss go to the first of four polls scheduled this year. It’s an opportunity to take a quick look at how referendums are handled in Switzerland. Continue reading “How does a nation of serial voters handle a referendum?”
After Brexit, ‘Global Britain’ will want free trade agreements with the rest of the world. But it already has some 37 agreements with over 60 countries through the EU. Rolling them over into the UK’s own agreements will not be automatic. A look at the actual text of the EU-South Korea deal shows why
FEBRUARY 13, 2018 | UPDATED JANUARY 1, 2021
Leaving the EU means the British government will either have to convert the EU’s free trade agreements with other countries into UK deals, or risk losing them, when Brexit is supposed to be about to allowing Britain more freedom to enjoy trade agreements with the world outside the EU.
At the very least, the UK should continue with the deals it already has through the EU, with Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Canada, South Korea, Japan (in the pipeline) and many others. Academics at Sussex University say there are over 60 other countries. The UK government says there are over 100. It depends on what kind of agreement is counted.
Continue reading “Grandfathering EU free trade deals for the UK: a look at an actual text”
The four options are well-known but their implications are not always understood. Some summary graphics
By Peter Ungphakorn
POSTED SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 | UPDATED SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
This is a summary of the four main options facing the UK for its trade relationship with the EU after Brexit. The four options are well-known but their implications are not always understood. These are the options: Continue reading “In a nutshell: Brexit and the UK’s trading relations with the EU”
Welcome to fantasyland. Are the toughest Brexit negotiations likely to be within the UK itself? Anyone for a ‘Swiss option’? Drug prices, bent bananas, TTIP — have the media missed a trick?
By Peter Ungphakorn
POSTED JUNE 29, 2016 | UPDATED JUNE 29, 2016
The UK has entered fantasyland after the June 23, 2016 vote to leave the European Union.
We can all fantasise. Continue reading “Three thoughts on the Brexit referendum”