Beyond trade negotiations: towards a culture of exporting in the UK

By Rachel Hesketh

Debates about trade have an inevitable Brexit hue at the moment. Our relationship with Europe is undoubtedly important for the UK trade balance – in 2016 just under half of UK goods exports and over a third of services exports were purchased by EU consumers. Put another way, more than half of goods exports and almost two-thirds of service exports go outside the EU. We do not yet know what our eventual trade relationship with the EU will be, nor the type or number of any new free-trade deals that the UK might conclude with other countries. Continue reading