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UK/Switzerland trade agreement drawn to special attention of the House by Committee

13 March 2019

The European Union Committee has published its sixth report on Brexit-related international agreements.

Background

This report considers five international agreements, one of which has been drawn to the special attention of the House:

  • Trade Agreement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Swiss Confederation (CP 55, 2019)

Switzerland is the UK's third-largest non-EU trading partner. The trade agreement seeks to assimilate eight existing EU-Swiss agreements into a single instrument.

The trade agreement was drawn to the special attention of the House on two grounds: that it is politically important and gives rise to issues of public policy that the House might wish to debate prior to ratification; and that it differs significantly from the precursor agreement to which the UK is party as an EU Member state.

The Committee also reports four agreements for information:

  • 1994 Agreement on Government procurement (CP 51, 2019)
  • Revised Agreement on Government Procurement (CP 52, 2019)
  • Agreement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America on the Mutual Recognition of Certificated of Conformity for Marine Equipment (CP 53, 2019)
  • Agreement on Mutual Recognition between the United Kingdom of  Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America (CP 54, 2019)

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