Episode 59: Remember Brexit? Well, it’s not going well
with Laura Bannister and Christos Katsioulis12th June 2020
As Boris Johnson is set for a video conference negotiation with the EU next week, we look at the sorry state of his Brexit negotiations. Hosts Luke Cooper and Zoe Williams are joined by Laura Bannister of the Trade Justice Movement and Christos Katsioulis, the director of the London office of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung to talk about the state of the Brexit negotiations. As the world is facing multiple, deeply serious crises, Brexit appears as an absurd distraction. But the results of the UK-EU talks will have a huge impact on the future economic prosperity of the UK (and to a lesser extent, the EU too) and the ability to recover from Covid-19. We discuss how the EU’s ideas for this trade deal are quite different from their traditional approach to other trade deals such as the failed attempt to strike a deregulating deal with the United States. Laura explains how the Trade Justice Movement have developed a new plan for trade deals that prioritises the public interest and environmental regulations, not the profits of big multinationals.
This podcast is part of an on-going collaboration between the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Another Europe Is Possible.
For more information on the ideas discussed in the podcast check out:
Sustainable Regulation and Trade Agreements for the EU-UK relationship
As Brexit talks continue, we need a deal fit for a post-Covid world
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