Campaign organisations came together with trade unions and business confederations last week to propose a new framework for the UK's trade governance model. It is a sign of the times that such organisations are launching this joint initiative.
In response to the seismic political and economic events that have shaped the past decade, a growing number of countries are rethinking their trade relations. This has been most apparent in the spate of cancelled Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) and new investment protection models. Countries are also now beginning to flex their muscles in response to Brexit.
Coming only three months after the agreement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 21st World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial conference could have been an opportunity for rich countries to put words into action.