Trade Bill examined by Committee

29 November 2017

The International Trade Committee holds a one-off session on the Trade Bill and trade-related aspects of the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Bill (Customs Bill). Published this month, the bills deal with policy areas where the UK has not operated independently for decades.


Wednesday 29 November 2017, Committee Room 8, House of Commons

At 10.00am

  • Edwin Vermulst, Partner, VVGB Brussels
  • Bernardine Adkins, Partner, Gowling WLG
  • Gareth Stace, Director, UK Steel

At 11.00am

  • Prof Derrick Wyatt QC, Brick Court Chambers
  • Nick Dearden, Director, Global Justice Now

Purpose of the session

The Committee is holding this session to provide scrutiny and background ahead of the bills being debated in the House of Commons.

First panel of witnesses

The first panel will focus on trade defence, the method by which governments tackle unfair trading practices by other countries which harm domestic industries. The session will consider the UK’s future approach to trade defence, as outlined in the bills, and the implications for UK industries vulnerable to unfair trading practices, like steel and ceramics. It will feature representatives of law firms specialising in international trade law:

Second panel

The following session will examine the Government’s approach to parliamentary scrutiny and accountability of ‘transitioned’ EU trade agreements, as outlined in the Trade Bill. The Committee will investigate the scrutiny processes contained in the Bill and the implications these processes may have for the roles of Parliament and the devolved administrations in setting trade policy, both now and in the future.

Further information

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