Future UK Trade and Investment Policy: TheCityUK submission

TheCityUK has today published new calls for the UK to make the most of the once-in-a-generation opportunity to recalibrate and repurpose its trade and investment policy to benefit the wider economy once Britain leaves the EU.

Its paper underlines the potential presented by deals that focus on regulatory coherence and cooperation as well as next generation international trade and investment agreements which would not only strengthen London’s position as the leading global financial centre, but also bring new growth opportunities to key financial centres across the whole of the country.

In the latest of a series of papers from TheCityUK analysing the challenges and opportunities arising from Brexit for the UK-based financial and professional services industry, ‘Future UK Trade and Investment Policy’ highlights the unprecedented importance for UK policies to relate to global growth trends in both developed and emerging markets. It calls for greater focus on supporting trade in services to reflect its vital contribution to the national economy and underlines the need for Britain to take a global leadership role in twenty-first century issues such as data and data localisation, cyber security and Fintech.

The decision to leave the EU has led to much debate about the need for the UK to replicate existing policies and international trade and investment agreements. TheCityUK’s paper argues that while existing key commercial links will be maintained, there are significant opportunities for trade and investment policy to be varied in innovative ways, breaking away from the legacy of past practice set by the EU.