Trade Agreements: Sri Lanka

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the Government plans to negotiate a trade agreement with Sri Lanka that replicates the existing agreement between that country and the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether he plans for human rights monitoring and co-operation to form part of any future trade agreement with the Government of Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

Sri Lanka exports to the UK under the EU's unilateral trade arrangement, the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+). The Government intends to provide continuity and stability whilst leaving the EU, which includes maintaining the effects of our trading relationships as we leave. This includes the EU's GSP scheme, and our trading terms with Sri Lanka, including on human rights. When the UK has left the EU, we can look to improve on those trading agreements.

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