The Future of Free Trade
Survey question: 2016 has seen a number of setbacks for the global free trade movement, including Brexit, resistance
to TTIP and TPP as well as growing protectionism in some emerging markets, such as Indonesia.
On the scale below, please indicate your level of concern that these developments are the start of a
move away from free trade and towards the introduction of more barriers to international trade?
Despite gaining attention in the latter stages of 2016 as
Brexit and the US presidential election unfolded, the
movement towards a less open trading environment
globally does not feature significantly highly on many
participants’ list of concerns.
In terms of the perceived threats to the future of global
trade, almost a half of respondents (47.6%) reported
that they are slightly concerned regarding the impact of
developments such as Brexit and resistance to TTIP and
TPP on the global free trade movement. Combining those
respondents with only a slight level of concern with those
who indicated the developments were not significant,
nearly 80% of those surveyed indicated their belief that
the global free trade movement is robust enough to
continue despite the challenges.
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