Briefings Feedback from the Trade Justice Movement on the white paper "Preparing for our future UK trade policy"

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Feedback from the Trade Justice Movement on the white paper "Preparing for our future UK trade policy"

Response from TJM to the UK government's proposals on trade policy contained in the white paper Preparing for our future UK trade policy. Focussing on the need for trade democracy and to provide non-reciprocal access to the UK market for developing countries.

TJM welcomes the recognition in the white paper that trade policy development must be transparent and inclusive. However, this cannot be achieved through a stakeholder engagement programme as the white paper seems to envisage. The forthcoming Trade Bill needs to make trade policy and trade deals accountable to parliament and the public.

TJM also welcomes the commitment to maintain duty-free quota-free non-reciprocal access for least developed countries. However, the proposal to replicate the EU’s reciprocal EPAs is problematic as they have been very controversial and undermine development. Instead the government should take the opportunity to re-set strained relationships with developing countries and put something better on the table

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Published November 2017 TJM

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