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Business and civil society involvement in scrutiny of UK trade policy examined

31 October 2018

The International Trade Committee holds evidence session for its inquiry into the appropriate level of transparency and scrutiny of trade strategy and negotiations, as the UK begins establishing a post-Brexit trade regime.


Wednesday 31 October, Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

At 10.00am

  • Hannah Essex, Co-Executive Director of Policy and Campaigns, British Chambers of Commerce
  • Sally Jones, International Trade Policy Director, Global Brexit Insight Lead, Deloitte
  • Mark Summers, Managing Director, Avon Valley Precision Engineering
  • David Talbot, Director, International Government Affairs, Eli Lilly and Company

At 11.00am

  • Rosa Crawford, International Trade Lead, TUC
  • Nick Dearden, Director, Global Justice Now
  • Anna Fielder, Senior Policy Adviser, Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue

Purpose of the session

In this session, the Committee will focus on how businesses and civil society should be consulted on trade policy, before and during negotiations.

First panel

The Committee will first hear from the British Chambers of Commerce and Deloitte, as well as Eli Lilly and an SME operating in the aerospace and defence sector.

The Committee is expected to reflect on current processes for trade-related consultations within the EU framework, before considering the proposals for future arrangements put forward by the UK Government and others, taking note of models for business involvement in countries such as the US, Canada, and Australia.

Second panel

In the second panel of the session, with civil society representatives, the Committee will consider why trade policy has developed a negative reputation in some areas of society; the UK Government's proposed approach to transparency in trade strategy and negotiations; and civil society's proposals to improve civil society's contribution to future UK trade policy.

The Committee is also expected to examine how civil society can contribute to the development of impact assessments in relation to proposed trade policies.

Further information

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