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U.S.-UK Trade Agreement to be Focus of USITC Investigation

13 Dec 2018

The USITC has initiated an investigation of the probable economic effect of the proposed U.S.-UK Trade Agreement....Read More


Court of Justice Decides That UK Can Unilaterally Cancel Brexit, While Business Leaders Fear Supply-Chains Disruption Under Any Brexit Scenario

11 Dec 2018

A number of Members of the Scottish, UK and European Parliament had lodged a petition for judicial review to a UK court (in Scotland) to determine whether the notification under Article 50 (to leave t...Read More


Brexit, Black Friday and Toys R Not Us: The Toy Fair Season Looms

7 Dec 2018

With the Big Four shows that constitute the 2019 Toy Fair Season already waiting in the wings, it's time to brush up on all those issues that are certain to dominate showroom chat and exhibition stand...Read More


Advocate General Delivers Formal Opinion: UK Can Unilaterally Cancel Its Withdrawal from EU

7 Dec 2018

On 4 December 2018, an Advocate General (Mr. Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona) at the Court of Justice of the EU issued his formal (non-binding) opinion that the UK would be able to unilaterally cancel i...Read More


EU Leaders Reach Consensus over “Divorce Deal” with UK

27 Nov 2018

While it was widely predicted that EU leaders would sign off on the withdrawal deal at Sunday’s summit, it apparently took merely 40 minutes for them to endorse the almost 600 pages of legal text (the...Read More


EU-UK Draft Withdrawal Agreement Wins UK Cabinet Support, But Brexit Struggle Far from Over

16 Nov 2018

The UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove, a well-known supporter of Brexit, is believed to be the only senior ‘leave’ supporting minister to have backed the draft deal. Eleven out of Mrs. May’s 29 ca...Read More


EU’s General Court Rules Against Current Energy Labelling of Vacuum Cleaners

15 Nov 2018

It is reported that on 8 November 2018, the EU’s General Court, located in Luxembourg, repealed the EU’s Energy Labelling Regulation for vacuum cleaners. This follows a heated and long-standing disput...Read More


With Brexit Looming Over UK’s Future, Five New Business Councils Are Set Up to Advise Prime Minister on “Post-Brexit Opportunities”

8 Nov 2018

According to Mrs. May, “the UK has always been one of the best places in the world to do business and is a leader in sectors from advanced manufacturing to the creative industries. Brexit presents a h...Read More


TV Trinkets Take on the Quintessentially Quirky at the Autumn Fair

1 Nov 2018

The Autumn Fair – the UK's second largest annual trade event – once again played host to a gallimaufry of gifts, a transcendental selection of the very finest toys and games and a veritable hotchpotch...Read More


U.S. to Pursue Trade Agreements with EU, UK and Japan

18 Oct 2018

The Trump administration notified Congress on 16 October of its intent to negotiate separate trade agreements with the EU, the UK and Japan. USTR will next consult with Congress and gather public inpu...Read More


United Kingdom: Market Profile

5 Oct 2018

The United Kingdom, a leading trading power and financial centre, is one of the quintet of trillion dollar economies of Western Europe. Over the past two decades, the government has greatly reduced pu...Read More


UK Government Publishes Technical Notice Concerning the Regulation of Chemicals Under REACH

4 Oct 2018

The purpose of the UK government’s Notices is to set out relevant information in order to allow businesses and citizens to understand what would need to be done in a “no deal” scenario, so they can ma...Read More


UK Makes Plans for Stand-alone Compliance of Products Regime; Publishes Technical Notice

27 Sept 2018

The purpose of the UK government’s Notices is to set out relevant information in order to allow businesses and citizens understand what they would need to do in a “no deal” scenario. However, it recog...Read More


AR and VR Proponents Say Commercial Applications Are Now a Reality

17 Sept 2018

After being billed as technological novelties for the best part of half a century, attendees at the recent AR & VR World event were confident that augmented and virtual reality products now represente...Read More


Countdown to Brexit: The Impact of a “No Deal” Scenario on the UK’s Trade and EU-Funded Investments

17 Sept 2018

The UK government has recently published a series of Technical Notices setting out information relevant to weathering a “no deal” Brexit, while stressing that such a scenario remains unlikely and that...Read More


Significance of a No-deal Brexit on Rules Governing Product Safety; UK Publishes Product Standards Strategy

10 Sept 2018

Under WTO-only rules, Hong Kong companies with their business hubs in the UK that wish to circulate their goods elsewhere in Europe would have to prove they meet all of the EU’s product standards and ...Read More


Novel and Practical Xmas Gifts Take Pride of Place at Yorkshire Expo

6 Sept 2018

It may have been summer outside, but it was Christmas in the packed halls of Harrogate's 2018 Home & Gift Buyers' Festival, with present-minded buyers on the track of yuletide surprises for both indiv...Read More


Augmented Reality Set to Virtually Take Over High-Street Retailers

30 Aug 2018

Many traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are turning to virtual reality and augmented reality in order to stay both relevant and competitive in the internet age, according to many exhibitors at thi...Read More


Machine Learning Set to Optimise Big Data Analytics Processing Time

21 Aug 2018

With Big Data seen as an essential tool in many business environments, smart-processing systems, coupled with enhanced legacy data migration capabilities, are set to unleash the full potential of comm...Read More


UK Government Sets Out Proposal for New Free Trade Area Ensuring Frictionless Trade and Continued Regulatory Alignment

10 Aug 2018

On 12 July 2018, the UK government published a White Paper setting out its plans for a future relationship with the EU. Two areas will be of special interest to Hong Kong businesses: the UK’s proposal...Read More

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