Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-pacific Partnership

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 20th July 2020.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans she has to negotiate membership of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership; and what derogations from its treaties would she seek.

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

Accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) could help Britain increase her trade and investment opportunities, diversify her trading links and supply chains, and secure her future place in the world at the centre of a modern network of Free Trade Agreements with dynamic economies.

HM Government continue to have discussions on CPTPP accession with member countries at official and ministerial level, as part of our preparatory engagement. In our engagement, we are clear that any final decision to join CPTPP will consider the progress of bilateral negotiations with member countries and whether accession will be in the British national interest.

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