Trade Agreements

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Catherine McKinnell Catherine McKinnell Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne North

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether it is the Government's policy to support future trade agreement which will reduce existing (a) consumer, (b) environmental and (c) animal welfare protections.

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

When we leave the EU, we will maintain our current domestic levels of protection for consumers, the environment and animal welfare. We will keep our existing UK legislation, and the EU Withdrawal Act will convert EU law into UK law as it applies at the moment of exit.

We are clear that more trade should not come at the expense of the high levels of protection we enjoy in the UK. The UK’s outstanding reputation for quality is what drives demand for UK goods and is key to our long-term prosperity. The government has no intention of harming this reputation.

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