Quebec, Scotland, and substate governments’ roles in Canadian and British trade policy: lessons to be learned

Paquin, S., Rioux, X. H., Eiser, D., Roy, G. and Wooton, I. (2021) Quebec, Scotland, and substate governments’ roles in Canadian and British trade policy: lessons to be learned. International Journal, 76(1), pp. 85-105. (doi: 10.1177/0020702021992856)

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Following Brexit (the withdrawal of the UK from the EU and the European Atomic Energy Community at the end of 31 January 2020), the British government stated that it hoped to reach a new trade agreement with Canada to be modelled after the Canada–EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, the first free-trade deal for which Canadian provinces were directly involved at every stage of negotiations. In the UK, while there are mechanisms for the involvement of devolved regions in European policy, there is no clear constitutional doctrine as to the roles they should play in elaborating trade policy more generally. Moreover, the asymmetric nature of the UK’s devolution system complicates the involvement of its devolved governments in trade negotiations. By providing a specific focus on the cases of Quebec and Scotland, this article provides a comparison of substate governments’ roles in trade negotiation and trade promotion. It concludes that, while there seems to be only limited scope for substate governments’ formal input into future trade negotiations, their trade and investment promotion organizations allow them to pursue different objectives over trade outcomes within a unified national framework.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by the Government of Canada, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Economic and Social Research Council of the United Kingdom, Knowledge Synthesis Grant program.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Roy, Professor Graeme
Authors: Paquin, S., Rioux, X. H., Eiser, D., Roy, G., and Wooton, I.
College/School:College of Social Sciences
College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Journal Name:International Journal
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):2052-465X
Published Online:15 February 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Journal 76(1): 85-105
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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