Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 10th May 2016.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement will be subject to ratification by both Houses of Parliament and the US Congress.

Photo of Lord Price Lord Price The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

We expect the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will be a “mixed” agreement, covering areas of both EU and Member State competence, to which the US, EU and all EU Member States will be parties.

In that case, it will be subject to agreement by each EU Member State, the EU Council and the European Parliament. As part of this process in the UK, before the Government can ratify the agreement, the complete draft text of the agreement will initially be laid before Parliament for scrutiny for at least 21 sitting days. During this time MPs and Lords may debate the treaty in either or both Houses and vote on the proposed ratification.

In the US, both Houses of Congress would have to ratify legislation to implement the agreement, but not the agreement itself.

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