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Written evidence on trade governance for the APPG on Trade and Export Promotion

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Ripe for reform: UK scrutiny of international trade agreements

Emily Jones, Director of the Global Economic Governance Programme, submitted written evidence to the UK's All-Party Parliamentary Group on Trade and Export Promotion. The written evidence highlights three areas of UK trade policy: parliamentary scrutiny, engagement with devolved administrations and stakeholder consultation. Drawing on the experiences of other countries, Emily's recommendations include:

  • Introducing more effective parliamentary scrutiny over trade policy by granting MPs greater access to negotiating texts (including the right to debate and vote on trade agreements), and a mechanism for Parliament to scrutinise the implementation of the UK-EU agreement.
  • Giving devolved administrations the statutory right to co-determine the negotiating mandate in areas of devolved competence and fully participate in negotiations on issues that lie within these areas.
  • Strengthening stakeholder consultation and stakeholder engagement by conducting an independent review of the current composition of stakeholder mechanisms and the use of confidentiality agreements, creating a public engagement strategy, and a statutory obligation for government to publish a range of documents to better inform the public debate.