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Trade and the Commonwealth and UK trade policy examined

20 June 2018

The International Trade Committee takes evidence for two of its inquiries. The first panel examines Trade and the Commonwealth: developing countries and the second examines UK trade policy transparency and scrutiny.

Wednesday 20 June, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

Trade and the Commonwealth: developing countries

Trade between the UK and developing countries is organised under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (the EU’s unliteral preferences scheme), and the EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements.

The Committee examines the trade-related outcomes of the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting; the economic value gained by developing countries within the Commonwealth from access provided by the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences and Economic Partnership Agreements; and issues the UK should seek to address in its pre- and post-Brexit trade with developing countries.

Witnesses

At 9.45am

  • Professor Tony Heron, Professor of International Political Economy, University of York
  • Brendan Vickers, Economic Adviser in the Trade, Oceans, and Natural Resources Directorate, Commonwealth Secretariat

UK trade policy transparency and scrutiny

The Committee holds its first evidence session for its inquiry into UK trade policy transparency and scrutiny, with a panel focusing on transparency and scrutiny in relation to trade deal negotiations in other jurisdictions.

Witnesses

At 10.45am

  • Shanker Singham, Director of the International Trade and Competition Unit, Institute of Economic Affairs
  • Sir Lockwood Smith, Member of the International Trade and Competition Unit Advisory Council, Institute of Economic Affairs
  • Alan Oxley, Member of the  International Trade and Competition Unit Advisory Council, Institute of Economic Affairs

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