Devolved administration and local government input into new trade deals examined

14 November 2018

The International Trade Committee continues its inquiry examining UK trade policy transparency and scrutiny. In this session, the Committee  examines the extent to which devolved administrations and local government should be involved in the development and scrutiny of trade policy and new trade agreements, as the UK begins to establish a post-Brexit trade regime.


Wednesday 14 November, Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

At 10.00am

  • Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Trade, Innovation & Investment, Scottish Government
  • Noel Lavery, Permanent Secretary, Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland Executive

At 11.00am

  • Councilor Kevin Bentley, Brexit Taskforce Chair, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council
  • Councilor Phillip Atkins OBE, Leader, Staffordshire County Council
  • Michael Strange, Global Political Studies (International Relations) Department, Malmö University

First panel

The Committee will firstly focus on the role that devolved administrations and legislatures should play in relation to Government trade policy and agreements, taking evidence from the Minister for Trade, Innovation and Investment at the Scottish Government and the Permanent Secretary from Northern Ireland’s Department for the Economy.

The Committee is expected to examine the current arrangements for devolved administration involvement within the existing European Union framework, commitments and proposals for the future put forward by the UK Government, and proposals from the devolved administrations. The Committee will also question witnesses on the desired level of transparency during trade negotiations.

Second panel

The Committee will then hear from witnesses – including the leader of Staffordshire County Council and the Deputy Leader of Essex County Council – about local government involvement in trade policy.  The Committee is expected to consider the local and regional impact of trade agreements, including relating to procurement and public services, as well as the benefits of involving local government in trade policy development.

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