Trade Agreements: Dispute Resolution

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 20th January 2023.

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Photo of Ruth Cadbury Ruth Cadbury Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has included the potential implications of the Government's net zero policy in her Department's internal analysis of the cost-benefit of investor state dispute settlements.

Photo of Nigel Huddleston Nigel Huddleston Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) does not hinder the Government’s ability to regulate in the public interest, including with regards to the environment. The right to regulate is also recognised in international law.

The UK has around 90 bilateral investment treaties in place with other countries and there has never been a successful ISDS claim brought against the UK, nor has the threat of potential claims affected the Government’s legislative programme.

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