The International Trade Committee continues its inquiry on the continuing application of EU trade agreements after Brexit. This session looks at the scope and extent of the EU’s Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), and issues around the replication of Economic Partnership Agreements with developing countries.
Wednesday 6 December, Grimond Room, Portcullis House
- Professor Andreas Dür, Professor of International Politics, University of Salzburg
- Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director, European Centre for International Political Economy
- Dr Peg Murray-Evans, Lecturer in politics, University of York
- Dr Clair Gammage, Lecturer in law, University of Bristol
In total, the EU is party to 36 regional or bilateral FTAs, covering more than 60 countries – which the UK will cease to be a party to after Brexit. Of the UK’s top 50 export markets for goods in 2015, ten are covered by EU trade agreements.
The Government has stated that it intends to maintain the current position by replicating the rights that the UK presently enjoys under these agreements.
The Department for International Trade (DIT) is seeking “transitional adoption” of the EU’s FTAs — a process under which FTAs will be “translated from EU law into UK law” or “adopted into UK law” on an interim basis, pending renegotiation at a later stage.
Purpose of the session
In the first panel of this evidence session, the Committee will discuss with witnesses the scale of this task, and whether there are any FTAs that should be prioritised over others.
Among the EU’s FTAs are a number of Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with countries in Africa, and the Caribbean and Pacific regions.
In the second panel of this evidence session, the Committee will hear about what products and services are included in these agreements, whether the replication process will differ from that for other FTAs, and whether EPA partner countries might look to use the opportunity to renegotiate a more advantageous deal with the UK.