Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement:Written question - 41750

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Asked on: 04 July 2016
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, whether the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement will be considered an exclusive competence of the EU.
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Answered by: Anna Soubry
Answered on: 07 July 2016

The European Commission has recently taken the decision to propose the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) as a “mixed agreement” consisting of both EU and Member State competence. This means that CETA can only take full effect once the UK has decided to ratify it. As part of that ratification process, the complete draft text of the agreement would be laid before Parliament for 21 sitting days. In addition, the Government will ensure the proposals for a Council decision on signature, and subsequent conclusion, will be subject to scrutiny in both Houses of the UK Parliament.

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