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Could the UK join a Pacific trading block?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a new kind of trade deal between 11 countries all bordering the Pacific Ocean, a trade block which is actually more about trade than political integration.

Is your business prepared for the GDPR?

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May 2018. Businesses throughout the West Midlands will need to make changes to ensure compliance with the new data handling rules.

Call for antiques trade input to new customs rules

Call for antiques trade input to new customs rules

West Midlands MEP Daniel Dalton is calling for input from the antiques trade on the impact of proposed new rules on the import of cultural goods to the UK and EU.

Dan: New database will close a crime fighting loophole

New measures piloted by West Midlands MEP Dan Dalton will improve the sharing of criminal records information between national authorities, whilst striking the right balance between security and individual rights.

Brexit Briefing No.22 - The EU after Brexit

There were no formal Brexit negotiations this week but the European Parliament was meeting in Strasbourg and both Commission President Jean Claude Junker and Council President Donald Tusk addressed MEPs.

Brexit Briefing No.21

Brussels burst back into life this week as the city’s European institutions starting filling up after the Christmas break.

There were no Brexit negotiations this week but on both sides of the channel there were plenty of preparations for the talks that lie ahead.

Brexit Briefing No.20

Brexit transition and trade relationship negotiations, continued uncertainty in Germany, French domestic strife and a Catalan crisis that only seems to deepen. 2018 promises to be an interesting year in the EU and a critical one for Brexit.

Brexit Briefing No.19 - A Christmas truce?

Brussels has all but broken up for Christmas, however, given the conclusion of the first phase of negotiations and the agreement to start discussing the second phase, there is plenty to ponder as we enter the Christmas break, even as the attacks from Brussels on Poland threaten to poison the fest