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Committee examines post-Brexit trading relationship with Turkey

19 March 2019

The International Trade Committee questions witnesses on the impact of EU trading arrangements with Turkey not being rolled over in time for Brexit, and hearing from a Deputy-Director of the WTO on recent developments in global trade.

Witnesses

Wednesday 20 March, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

At 10.00am

  • Dr Pinar Artiran, WTO Chairholder, Bigli University, Istanbul
  • Richard Warren, Head of Policy and Representation, UK Steel
  • Dr Hasan Turunç, Director, Turkish Industry and Business Association, London Representative Office

At 11.00am

  •  Ambassador Alan Wm. Wolff, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organisation

Turkey is an important trading partner for the UK, however the Department for International Trade recently confirmed that the trading arrangements with Turkey that the UK currently benefits from as a member of the EU will not be rolled over in time for the current Brexit date of 29 March.

First panel

In the first part of Wednesday’s session, the International Trade Committee will consider how this will affect the UK’s level of trade with Turkey, and the impact it will have on businesses in both Turkey and the UK.

The Committee will be hearing from Dr Pinar Artiran, Director of the Research Center on International Trade and Arbitration Law at Bilgi University, Richard Warren from UK Steel – an organisation which has a key trading interest in Turkey – and Dr Hasan Turunç, Director of the Turkish Industry and Business Association’s London office.

Second panel

During the second part of the session, the Committee will hear from WTO Deputy Director-General, Alan Wm. Wolff on recent developments at the WTO.

The Committee will ask Mr Wolff to provide his views on matters such as the US’s ongoing policy of blocking the appointment of judges to the WTO appellate body and the prospects for WTO reform.

Further information

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