EU-UK Procurement-Based Trade Relations After Brexit: Some Thoughts

Kainer & R. Repasi (eds.), Trade Relations after Brexit: Impetus for the Negotiation Process (Nomos, Forthcoming)

11 Pages Posted: 11 May 2018

Date Written: April 24, 2018

Abstract

In this paper, I reflect on the main types of gains derived from the regulation of public procurement in the context of the EU internal market that are at stake post-Brexit. Despite the difficulties in identifying and quantifying advantages derived from EU procurement rules, I submit that they can be seen as a major enterprise in (i) dismantling non-tariff barriers to trade in public markets, (ii) fostering administrative cooperation as a trade-facilitation strategy, and (iii) boosting the enforceability of a rules-based system. On this basis, I suggest that a future EU-UK Free Trade Agreement covering public procurement should prioritise collaboration aimed at (i) preventing the reappearance non-tariff barriers, (ii) fostering continued administrative cooperation, and (iii) retaining the enforceability of the rules of the future EU-UK FTA. I conclude with some thoughts on the peculiar dynamics that can ensue in the negotiation of a future EU-UK FTA.

Keywords: Brexit, Public Procurement, Government Procurement Agreement, GPA, UK, EU, Regulatory Reform, International Trade, Free Trade Agreements, Liberalisation, Convergence, Technical Cooperation

JEL Classification: F13, H57, K23, K42, P45

Suggested Citation

Sanchez-Graells, Albert, EU-UK Procurement-Based Trade Relations After Brexit: Some Thoughts (April 24, 2018). Kainer & R. Repasi (eds.), Trade Relations after Brexit: Impetus for the Negotiation Process (Nomos, Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3168071

Albert Sanchez-Graells (Contact Author)

University of Bristol - School of Law ( email )

Wills Memorial Building
Queen's Road Clifton
Bristol, BS8 1RJ
United Kingdom

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