The future of UK trade policy: Remarks from the Right Honorable Liam Fox MP, UK Secretary of State for International Trade

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On Monday, AEI hosted the Right Honorable Liam Fox MP, the UK’s Secretary of State for International Trade, to discuss international trade policy in the wake of Brexit. AEI’s Michael R. Strain welcomed Dr. Fox back to AEI and delivered introductory remarks.

AEI’s Claude Barfield then sat down with Dr. Fox to discuss the steps the UK is taking domestically to form a sovereign trade policy and the future of UK-US trade relations. Dr. Fox is leading the effort to redesign the UK’s trade policy after the departure from the European Union. He believes the UK undoubtedly will leave the EU by March 2019 — the question that remains is the process by which it will leave.

–Isabelle Staff

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Policymakers and government officials in the UK are reshaping policies in the wake of Brexit. As the UK’s Secretary of State for International Trade, the Right Honorable Liam Fox MP is leading the effort of redesigning the UK’s trade policy once the UK leaves the EU.

Join AEI as Dr. Fox speaks about the steps the UK is taking domestically to form a sovereign trade policy and the possible shape of future UK-US trade relations.

Join the conversation on social media with #FoxAtAEI.

 


Agenda

8:15 AM
Registration and breakfast

8:30 AM
Introduction:
Michael R. Strain, AEI

8:35 AM
Remarks:
Rt. Hon. Liam Fox, UK Secretary of State for International Trade

9:00 AM
Discussion:
Claude Barfield, AEI
Rt. Hon. Liam Fox, UK Secretary of State for International Trade

9:20 AM
Q&A

9:30 AM
Adjournment


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For more information, please contact Isabelle Staff at [email protected], 202.862.5885.


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Speaker Biographies

Claude Barfield is a resident scholar at AEI who researches international trade policy (including trade policy in China and East Asia), the World Trade Organization (WTO), intellectual property, and science and technology policy. He is a former consultant to the Office of the US Trade Representative. His many books include “Free Trade, Sovereignty, Democracy: The Future of the World Trade Organization” (AEI Press, 2001), in which he identifies challenges facing the WTO and the future of trade liberalization.

Liam Fox was appointed Secretary of State for International Trade on July 13, 2016. He was elected as the Conservative MP for North Somerset in 1992. Dr. Fox held several ministerial roles in John Major’s Conservative government. He served as constitutional affairs spokesman (1998–99), shadow health secretary (1999–2003), Conservative Party chairman (2003-05), shadow foreign secretary (2005), and shadow defense secretary (2005–10). In 2010, he was appointed Secretary of State for Defense, a position from which he resigned on October 14, 2011. Dr. Fox worked as a general practitioner before his election to Parliament and is a former civilian army medical officer and divisional surgeon with St. John Ambulance. He studied medicine at the University of Glasgow Medical School, graduating with MBChB degrees in 1983.

Michael R. Strain is director of economic policy studies and a resident scholar at AEI. His research interests include labor economics, public finance, and social policy. Dr. Strain’s research has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals and in the policy journals Tax Notes and National Affairs, and he has edited two books on economics and economic policy. He also writes frequently for popular audiences. His essays and op-eds have been published by The New York Times, National Review, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Post, and a variety of other outlets, and he is a regular contributor for Bloomberg View. Before joining AEI, Dr. Strain worked in the Center for Economic Studies at the US Census Bureau and in the macroeconomics research group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He is a graduate of Marquette University and holds an M.A. from New York University and a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell.

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