Trade, Development, and Immigration

UK right to call for WTO reform, says IEA expert

Responding to the news that Britain it to use its G7 presidency to press for reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Mark Littlewood, Director General at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said:

“The WTO cannot continue to stand idly by as nations adapt to new technologies and respond to new global challenges such as international respect for property and civil rights. The UK is right to lead the charge for WTO reform and to continue championing free trade.

“Protectionism is on the rise, but a revitalised WTO could provide a new framework which encourages free trade to spread opportunity and prosperity across the globe, providing a path out of the economic destruction wrought by Covid-19. World trade as a percentage of GDP has decreased since 2008: post-pandemic, the WTO must work to reverse that trend.  

“Any new rule book governing world trade must not burden WTO members in the name of virtue signalling. Free trade must be exactly that: free.”


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