Trade Barriers

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 22nd March 2018.

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Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Climate Change), Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the effect on World Trade Organisation rules of using national security as a reason to impose trade barriers.

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

The Government believes it is right that WTO members can, via application of the Article XXI exemption, apply certain protections for the protection of security interests. Moreover, it is right that channels exist under WTO rules to challenge the application of Article XXI exemptions. The Government assesses each case on its merits.

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