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Political controversy about international economic agreements: Lessons for Canada-UK trade negotiations after Brexit

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Adam William Chalmers, Ozlem Atikcan, Achim Hurrelmann, Crina Viju-Miljusevic

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-462
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal
Issue number3
Accepted/In press22 Jun 2019
Published5 Sep 2019


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The withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU), if and when it occurs, will likely imply that Canada must conclude a new bilateral trade agreement with the UK. In the light of recent trends towards an increasing politicization of trade negotiations, this policy brief assesses in which respects a Canada-UK agreement could become politically controversial. Drawing on explanations for the politicization of recent trade deals, it identifies potential flashpoints for political conflict in the Canada-UK trade relationship. It then discusses which options policy makers have to channel trade-related controversies into the policy process in a way that contributes to inclusive and evidence-based public debates.

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