1 thought on “Free trade should empower consumers – not the lawyers who write trade agreements”

  1. Posted 01/03/2018 at 11:33 | Permalink

    Great analysis.

    In services there is a very good argument for identifying clearly which regulatory regime applies, but then letting any “competent” entity use whomever they wish. Competent having a simple test (say turnover >500k, and self-certified to get into that regime). Protecting consumers is one thing, but large organisations are perfectly capable of choosing with whom they wish to work.

    On goods, the UK should recognise a range of countries standards as being equivalent. Canada, Japan, Australia do not have dangerous products on the market – identify the regime and let consumers choose.

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