21 January 2022

Pacific Vim: Why should Britain join CPTPP?


Why is a rainy island in north-west Europe trying to join a trade bloc centred on the Pacific?

At first sight, the UK’s application to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership seems highly counter-intuitive – but it actually makes a lot of sense, as a report this week from our parent organisation, the Centre for Policy Studies, makes clear.


To help us explain why this is such a good idea, we welcomed one of the contributors to that report, Anthony Mangnall, the Conservative MP for Totnes and a member of Parliament’s International Trade Committee.

Joining Anthony is economist-turned-journalist Soumaya Keynes, the Britain Economics editor at the Economist and former host of Trade Talks, a podcast about the economics of trade. Who better to talk us through the ins and outs of the CPTPP, and what it might mean for Britain?

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John Ashmore is Editor of CapX.