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
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
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