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Brexit and the EU–UK free trade agreement: dos and don’ts when drafting rules of origin

Roberto Soprano (Private and Economic Law, Vrije Universiteit Brussel Faculteit Recht en Criminologie, Elsene, Belgium)

Journal of International Trade Law and Policy

ISSN: 1477-0024

Article publication date: 25 April 2019

Issue publication date: 19 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to highlight the pros and cons of different models of the European Union (EU)-style Rules of Origin (RoO) that could be chosen by negotiators for a future UK–EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA). It will also underline the impact that any choice would have on economic operators and certain criteria that should be evaluated before taking any decisions on the adoption of RoO.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper will describe three different RoO models that could be chosen by negotiators. For each of them, it analyses the pros and cons and the impact on economic operators.

Findings

The choice of a RoO would have an impact on future EU–UK trade relations. It will affect the utilization rate of the FTA as well as investment (and divestment) corporate strategies in the UK and EU.

Originality/value

The paper introduces different criteria to evaluate the impact of RoO that should be taken into consideration by negotiators. It emphasizes that RoO should be simple, predictable, coherent, IT compatible and easily adaptable.

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Citation

Soprano, R. (2019), "Brexit and the EU–UK free trade agreement: dos and don’ts when drafting rules of origin", Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 96-107. https://doi.org/10.1108/JITLP-11-2018-0053

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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