Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 5th July 2021.

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Photo of Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with environmental NGOs in the UK regarding the UK’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Photo of Lord Grimstone of Boscobel Lord Grimstone of Boscobel The Minister of State, Department for International Trade, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

As part of the public consultation on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the Government has engaged with hundreds of businesses, Non-Governmental Organisations, and trade unions, some of whom gave views on environmental issues. Points raised were analysed and will continue to inform the Government’s overall approach to negotiating UK accession to the agreement.

CPTPP has high environmental standards and maintains the UK’s right to regulate for its own level of environmental protection. The UK will not need to lower domestic standards to join and the Government notes that within the CPTPP agreement there are commitments to environmental protection.

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