For the first time in 40 years the United Kingdom has begun setting its own international trade policy. The negotiation priorities established by the UK Government will have significant impacts on businesses and consumers.

Trade negotiations are not an exclusive matter of public policy and diplomacy – high-quality agreements require extensive collaboration between Government and industry. Businesses with interests or aspirations in international markets have to involve themselves in the development of trade policies and priorities to ensure they can make the most of new market opportunities. On the domestic front, new trade agreements will require changes to regulation affecting a broad range of industries.

In our short overview document, we outline some of the steps that UK businesses might need to take to understand and influence trade policy as the Brexit process progresses. We also set out how we can help to provide the strategy and approach to respond effectively to change.

For further information please contact Linda Bertolissio or Riina Rintanen.