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Shadow Trade Secretary asks about replicating agreements after Brexit

13 February 2019 (updated on 13 February 2019)

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Shadow International Trade Secretary, Barry Gardiner, asked the Government an urgent question on the progress the UK has made in replicating trade agreements between the UK and those countries with whom the EU has a trade agreement.

The Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox, responded to the question and stated that "As a Member of the EU the UK currently participates in around 43 trade agreements with over 70 countries." He confirmed that the:

 "Government's programme for providing continuity and stability for businesses, consumers and investors in our international agreements is of utmost importance. We are committed to ensuring these benefits are maintained providing for a smooth transition as we leave the EU."

The Trade Secretary confirmed agreements had been made with a number of countries and further such agreements would be made leading up to Brexit.

Shadow International Trade Secretary, Barry Gardiner, replied to the Secretary and commented on a 'risk matrix' document which was leaked in the media. He went on to say that the "Department for International Trade looks as if it has inadequate resources, focused on the wrong priorities set by incompetent Ministers." 

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