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UK government pays Deloitte £2.6M for post-Brexit trade dispute training
The consultants will ready staff at the UK’s new Trade Remedies Authority ahead of the country’s EU exit.
Updated 8/17/18, 12:53 PM CET
LONDON — The U.K.’s Department for International Trade is paying external consultants £14,000 a day for a crash course in handling trade disputes, to guarantee the country’s trade authority can function the day after Brexit.
New recruits to the government’s Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) are being schooled by specialists from the professional services firm Deloitte. The total value of the contract, which commenced in June and runs until the end of February 2019 — a month before the U.K.’s exit from the EU — will be £2.6 million, according to a new listing on the government’s online contracts archive.
According to the listing, Deloitte will be tasked with designing and delivering a training program on the technicalities of trade remedies investigations. Trade remedies are rebalancing measures that states can take if they feel they are being treated unfairly by a trading partner — they include anti-dumping measures and counter-tariffs.
With Donald Trump upending the global trading system with sweeping tariffs on imports from several trading partners, trade remedies expertise is becoming ever more important. For decades, the U.K.’s own approach to trade remedies has been handled by the European Commission in Brussels, but Brexit will mean the country going it alone. The Department for International Trade,