The Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (STC) was created in the wake of the British vote to leave the European Union. At this critical historical juncture, the STC aims to present a roadmap for the many trade negotiations which the UK will need to undertake now. It seeks to re-focus the public discussion on Brexit to a positive conversation on opportunities, rather than challenges, while presenting empirical evidence of the dangers of not following an expansive trade negotiating path.The STC draws upon the talent and experience of former trade negotiators from the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore, among other nations.
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- Alan Oxley
- Managing Director, ITS Global, Consultants on Global Issues, Australia; former diplomat [More]
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- Alden Abbott
- Deputy Director, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and John, Barbara, and Victoria Rumpel Senior Legal Fellow, Heritage Foundation, USA; former Director of Antitrust Policy, Federal Trade Commission; Legatum Fellow [More]
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- Francisco Sanchez
- Chairman, CNS Global Advisors; former Under Secretary for International Trade (Obama administration) [More]
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- Grant Aldonas
- Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); former Under Secretary for International Trade (Bush administration) [More]
- John Weekes
- Senior Business Adviser at the Canadian law firm Bennett Jones; former Canadian Chief Negotiator for NAFTA, Ambassador to the WTO and Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade [More]
- Luis de la Calle
- Founding Partner and Managing Director, De la Calle, Madrazo, & Mancera, Mexico; former Undersecretary of International Business Negotiations, Ministry of Economy in Mexico; former Minister of Trade Issues, Mexican Embassy, Washington, DC [More]
- Sir Lockwood Smith
- Former New Zealand High Commissioner to the UK
- Former Speaker of New Zealand's Parliament
- Former New Zealand Trade Minister
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- Razeen Sally
- Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore; Chairman, Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka; former Chair, World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness [More]
All commissioners serve the Commission in an individual capacity
The purpose of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (STC) is to understand and guide the process that the UK and other governments are engaged in as a result of the Brexit referendum.
The Commission will provide the academic firepower to enable a successful process that includes
- The UK’s relationship with Europe;
- The relationship with the countries that more holistically embrace open trade, competition on the merits as an organising economic principle, and property rights protection;
- The bilaterals with other key trading partners;
- The relationship with the Commonwealth and developing countries; and
- The underpinning WTO relationship.
The STC’s combined expertise and experience, spread over two hundred years and hundreds of trade agreements puts it in a unique position to be a trusted and independent advisor to the series of post-Brexit processes that could and should lead to the creation of a global economic engine.
This realises the Legatum Institute’s theory of change which is ultimately driven by the need to lift the global poor out of poverty and to create jobs, hope and opportunity for the world’s people through the application of property rights protection and open trade systems that are characterised by competition on the merits as the organising economic principle.
The role of the STC is to assist governments, stakeholders and others towards increased global prosperity which is available if the inflection point in history that the Brexit vote represents is capitalised on.
The Legatum Institute is an international think tank and educational charity focused on promoting prosperity.