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Questions tagged [wto]

World Trade Organisation

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Can a nation rely on trading under WTO rules as a default position?

The widespread view in the British press seems to be that if the UK leaves the EU without a specific deal, things will default to World Trade Organization rules. This article from Australia in 2016 ...
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Are WTO rules benign and easy to live with?

About 60% of Britain's export trade is with the EU (including those countries with whom the EU has trade agreements such as Japan, South Korea etc). It is frequently claimed by Brexiteers that we ...
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Does GATT Article 24 mean that a transitional tariff regime is permitted if the UK leaves the EU without a negotiated exit arrangement?

Does GATT Article 24 mean that a transitional tariff regime is permitted if the UK leaves the EU without a negotiated exit arrangement? Article 24, paragraph 5: Accordingly, the provisions of this ...
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Can the UK deal selectively with Ireland post-Brexit without falling afoul of WTO rules?

A major obstacle in the Brexit negotiation process currently is the issue of the Irish border. All available options seem insufficient to some or all of the negotating partners, as detailed in this ...
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No-deal Brexit: What would be the basis for a WTO complaint if goods entering Ireland are checked at Dunkirk?

There's a BBC article which goes over several scenarios in case of no-deal Brexit containing the following paragraph: It is possible that if EU authorities decide not to check UK goods at the Irish ...
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Are European Union WTO schedules certified?

IIUC WTO trade schedules can be unilaterally set, but are open to dispute and, when disputes are resolved, “certification”. Schedules can exist and take effect while not certified. I have read the ...
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Are “WTO rules” fine-grained and detailed or a set of general principles like Most-Favoured Nation?

I know the WTO mandates that members do not unfairly favour one trading partner over another, the so-called Most-Favoured Nation principle. Does the WTO have a fine-grained and detailed set of rules ...
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No-deal Brexit and Irish border; can third countries transit through Republic of Ireland?

In case the United Kingdom (UK) leaves the European Union (EU) without any deal, World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules would apply for trade between the UK and any other country or trade bloc. Some ...
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Does the WTO have a concept of “default” or standard tariffs?

Does the WTO have a concept of “default” or standard tariffs for when a state has not yet agreed schedules? Or does everything default to zero?
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Have any prominent Brexiteers argued for the UK to become a duty-free country (like Singapore)?

If the UK exits the EU without a written (and WTO-compliant) free-trade agreement, it would fall back to MFN rules: An exit from the EU, for example, would cause the UK to lose the preferential ...
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Leaving the EU without a deal and MFN rules

If the UK left the EU without a trade deal, trade with the EU would continue because it would be illegal to offer the UK worse trade terms than any other third country under WTO most-favoured nation ...
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FTAs permissible by WTO

As a WTO member a country attempts to strike bilateral trade deals to augment the baseline trade schedules agreed at the WTO (IIUC). I read that sectoral free trade agreements (FTAs) are prohibited ...
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What's Trump frustration with the WTO?

I read in a June 2018 news piece that: The White House's legislative director, Marc Short, said that Trump was frustrated with the WTO but that he was not aware of any plan to get the US out of the ...
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Can schedules be bilaterally agreed in the WTO forum?

Can schedules be brokered bilaterally, i.e. without consent of other WTO members, or do all WTO members have to ratify all WTO deals? I am trying to understand if all WTO members will need to ratify ...
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Does the WTO itself have any input into trade agreements?

Does the WTO itself have any input into trade agreements, or is it merely a forum for sovereign states to negotiate and settle disputes?
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No deal Brexit - how to transition to a new UK/WTO legal interface

If the UK leaves the EU without an EU deal, then I thought UK trade would happen on WTO terms. If this is incorrect, on what terms would trade occur? Is it correct to say that WTO-based trade cannot ...
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Why are economic sanctions allowed under WTO rules?

Russia is currently being sanctioned by numerous Western countries for occupying Crimea and invading Donbass. However both Russia and the Western countries are members of the World Trade Organization (...