International Trade Committee takes continues it inquiry examining the impact of future UK-EU trading arrangements on wider UK trade policy. In this session, the Committee will hear evidence from the UK’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO), followed by a panel comprising representatives from the private sector, the Office for National Statistics, and the Northern Ireland Executive.
Tuesday 13 November, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster
- Julian Braithwaite, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, UK Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organisations
- Jonathan Athow, Deputy National Statistician for Economic Statistics, Office for National Statistics
- Paul McKenna, Group Chief Executive, mac-group
- Shane Murphy, Director of Analytical Services, Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland Executive
The Committee will first examine the steps required for the UK to establish its position in international trade arrangements after Brexit – such as fixing terms for membership of the WTO and signing up to the Agreement on Government Procurement. The Committee will consider with the UK’s Ambassador to the WTO the implications of the recent statement to Parliament by the International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, that plans to “fast-track” UK arrangements at the WTO had been objected to by 20 countries.
In the second panel of Tuesday’s session, the Committee will focus on post-Brexit Northern Ireland trade with non-EU countries. The Committee will hear from both private and public sector representatives on current Northern Ireland trade patterns, and how these might be affected by the possible forms that Brexit could take – particularly in relation to any special status that the province may be given.