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Business experts to give evidence on CPTPP and UK-Australia negotiations

Tuesday 15 June 2021

The House of Lords International Agreements Committee will tomorrow be questioning business experts on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), with regards to tariff liberalisation, regulations and technical barriers to trade, and the environment. The committee will also seek evidence on the UK-Australia negotiations, which are billed as a gateway to the CPTPP.

The session will take place virtually on Wednesday 16 June at 4.00pm and can be followed on Parliament TV.

Giving evidence will be:

  • Alessandro Marongiu, International Trade Policy Manager, SMMT
  • Ian Cranshaw, Head of International Trade, Chemicals Industries Association
  • Paul Alger, Director of International Business, UK Fashion and Textile Association

Questions the committee is likely to ask include:

  • What are the businesses you represent seeking in terms of market access by joining the Trans-Pacific Agreement?
  • What opportunities does joining the Trans-Pacific Agreement offer beyond what may be gained bilaterally through future trade agreements with individual member countries?
  • Should the UK be seeking specific carveouts from the Trans-Pacific Agreement and if so, what areas should they cover?
  • What is your assessment of the provisions on technical barriers to trade in the agreement?
  • What are the opportunities and risks of a bilateral FTA with Australia?
  • What would the impact of accession to the Trans-Pacific Agreement and a UK-Australia future trade agreement be on UK objectives on climate change and environmental protection, in relation to the manufacturing industries?

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