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CETA and UK export industries discussed

17 January 2017

The International Trade Committee continue their inquiry into "UK trade options beyond 2019" focusing on UK export industries—particularly car-manufacturing and agriculture, as well as discussing the controversial EU-Canada trade agreement known as CETA.


Tuesday 17 January 2017, The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

UK trade options beyond 2019

At 10.15am

  • Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
  • Mike Spicer, Director of Research and Economics, British Chambers of Commerce
  • Peter Hardwick, Head of Exports, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

At 11.00am

  • Nick Dearden, Director, Global Justice Now
  • Dr Lauge Poulsen, Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy, University College London
  • Christos Sirros, Agent-General, Quebec Government in London

Purpose of the session

The first panel of witnesses will ask representatives of major UK export sectors about how their industries could be affected by possible UK trade arrangements after Brexit. Among the issues to be discussed are:

  • Possible special sectoral arrangements for UK-EU trade—particularly in respect of the car industry
  • Prospects for a UK-EU Free Trade Agreement
  • Prospects for UK Free Trade Agreements with non-EU nations
  • The idea of Free Trade Zones within the UK

The second panel will look at the implications for the UK of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The key issues discussed will include:

  • Economic impact on UK and EU economies
  • Investor-state dispute resolution
  • Regulatory co-operation

Further information

Image: Luke Richardson

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