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UK-CPTPP call for evidence re-opened

2 July 2021

The House of Lords International Agreements Committee has today re-opened its call for evidence on the negotiations for accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).


Following the launch of the UK’s accession negotiations and the Government’s publication of its strategic approach, the Committee is re-opening its call for evidence.  

The Committee is inviting new submissions, as well as written evidence from those who have previously made a submission if they wish to make additional points. Evidence received and accepted to-date is published on the Committee’s website. 

Chair’s comments: 

Lord Goldsmith QC, Chair of the International Agreements Committee, said:

“The CPTPP is an established partnership, featuring 11 important economic powers across the Trans-Pacific region. It is important our Committee focus on scrutinising the Government’s aims and objectives, any exceptions and modifications it may be seeking, as well as the progress of negotiations, and the possible impacts of joining the partnership for people and businesses across the UK.” 

Questions the Committee is inviting evidence on include: 

  • How do you evaluate the initial economic scoping assessment set out in the Government’s strategic approach? 
  • What are the potential benefits of joining the CPTPP that go beyond those of bilateral agreements with individual member countries of the CPTPP? Are there any disadvantages?  
  • What are the costs and benefits of joining the CPTPP to the nations and regions of the UK?  
  • What are the offensive and defensive interests of the UK in trade in goods and services?   
  • How should the UK approach agricultural market access negotiations with CPTPP members?  
  • Would accession to the CPTPP require any divergence from the regulatory standards that the UK and EU currently still share?  
  • How should the UK balance the opportunities in digital trade with any concerns about data protection? 
  • What are the implications of CPTPP for UK policy objectives on climate change and environmental protection? 
  • What implications do the intellectual property provisions in the CPTPP agreement have for the UK? 
  • In what areas should the UK seek general exclusions and exceptions, particularly with regards to public services? 

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