Trade Agreements: Investment

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 17th July 2020.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which continuity trade agreements contain (a) investor protection clauses; and which of those agreements include the potential for access to a separate tribunal to resolve investment disputes; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish the continuity trade agreements that have been signed off that allow for increased movement of (a) personnel, (b) professionals and (c) business visitors; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish the differences in the digital trade provisions agreed between the (a) UK and third countries in continuity trade agreements and (b) EU/third country trade agreements; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Ranil Jayawardena Ranil Jayawardena Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

The Continuity Trade Programme seeks to replicate, as far as possible, the effects of existing trade agreements when they no longer apply to the United Kingdom following the Transition Period. This includes ensuring that tariff rate quotas are resized to reflect historic usage and the United Kingdom’s share of EU trade.

Reports have been laid before Parliament alongside each continuity trade agreement to explain our approach in securing continuity with each of our partners, now that the United Kingdom has left the EU. These reports are laid voluntarily, but we believe it is important for Parliament to be as informed as possible.

If we have made any significant changes to the provisions of our existing agreements through entering into United Kingdom specific agreements, we have explained these changes in these reports. Textual changes are sometimes necessary to maintain maximum continuity of effect.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.