Dr. Gabriel Siles-Brügge is the co-author of a new article titled ‘UK-US Trade Relations and ‘Global Britain’, published in The Political Quarterly.

The paper abstract reads as such: ‘AUK-US free trade agreement has consistently been presented as the main prize from the UK’s much touted post-Brexit trade policy independence. The UK Prime Minister’s admission that this was not going to be realised any time soon may have surprised media pundits, but it merely confirmed what had become increasingly apparent since the referendum: that a free trade agreement with the US was a long shot. Taken together with the short-lived suggestion of the UK joining the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), we argue that it is the desire to perform ‘independence’ from the European Union rather than policy content which is driving the UK’s trade strategy.’

Gabriel Siles-Brügge is Reader in Public Policy at the University of Warwick, having previously worked at the Universities of Manchester and Oxford Brookes. His teaching has focused on International Political Economy, EU politics and public policy. His research has examined the politics of trade and investment agreements, with a focus on the EU and Brexit. His current work is particularly focused on the role of municipalities and emotions in trade governance. He is the (co-)author of two books – Constructing European Union Trade Policy (2014, Palgrave Macmillan) and (with Ferdi De Ville) of TTIP: The Truth about Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (2016, Polity) – and has published several articles in leading academic journals (including in the Journal of Common Market StudiesNew Political Economy and the Review of International Political Economy).

He has advised NGOs, trade unions and various parliaments on questions of trade policy and Brexit. He is an advisor on trade policy to the European Public Health Alliance, formerly representing it as an alternate member of the European Commission’s ‘Expert group on Trade Agreements’. He also served as a Parliamentary Academic Fellow with the UK House of Commons International Trade Committee (2017-19), and currently serves as a Specialist Advisor to that same Committee.