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UK-EU arrangements on wider trade policy examined

12 September 2018

The International Trade Committee holds the first evidence session for its inquiry looking at the impact that future arrangements between the UK and EU could have on wider UK trade policy. In this session, the Committee will hear from legal practitioners and Accenture’s Global Managing Director for Border Services, as well as representatives from the UK Trade Policy Observatory.

Witnesses

Wednesday 12 September, Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster 

At 10.00am 

  • James Canham, Global Managing Director for Border Services, Accenture
  • Michael Lux, EU customs and international trade lawyer
  • Eric Pickett, EU customs and international trade lawyer

At 11.00am

  • Dr Michael Gasiorek, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Sussex/UK Trade Policy Observatory
  • Dr Peter Holmes, Reader in Economics, University of Sussex/UK Trade Policy Observatory
  • Dr Emily Lydgate, Lecturer in Environmental Law, University of Sussex/UK Trade Policy Observatory

First panel

The first panel of the session will focus on the impact of the various possible outcomes of the Brexit negotiations on border and customs processes, with particular reference to trade with non-EU countries. This will include examination of the Chequers proposal, including the Facilitated Customs Arrangement (FCA) and the common rulebook on goods. The Committee is also expected to focus on how technology might facilitate and support customs and border processes in a range of post-Brexit scenarios.

Second panel

Having examined the implications for the borders, the Committee will then hear from academics representing the UK Trade Policy Observatory about what the Government’s plans could mean for wider UK trade policy. The Committee is expected to examine the extent of the common rulebook on goods, how the proposed FCA deals with rules of origin, and to what extent the Chequers proposals would impact the Government’s ability to strike new trade deals after Brexit.

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