Trade Agreements

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when he plans to publish the text of the continuity agreements with (a) Chile and (b) the Eastern and Southern Africa group; and what the process will be for the (i) debate and (ii) ratification of those agreements.

Photo of George Hollingbery George Hollingbery Minister of State (International Trade)

The Government laid in Parliament continuity agreements with Chile and Eastern and Southern Africa states on 6 February 2019 with an accompanying explanatory memorandum for each as part of the UK’s established treaty ratification process – as set out in the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010. These agreements will be ratified by this process as they are now. These are not new free trade agreements with countries that the UK is not already party to by virtue of our EU membership.

The Government also published a report to explain any significant changes to the trade-related provisions made.

These documents are available on GOV.UK.

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