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UK-New Zealand trade negotiations call for evidence re-opened

26 October 2021

The House of Lords International Agreements Committee has today re-opened its call for evidence on the ongoing trade negotiations between the UK and New Zealand.


As the Government sets out ambitious plans to agree a trade agreement with New Zealand, the committee is continuing to invite evidence on the negotiations.

Questions the committee is inviting evidence on include:

  • Does the  Agreement in Principle published on 20 October 2021 deliver on UK interests, including those of the devolved nations? What are the costs and benefits? How reliable do you find the Government’s assessment of the potential impacts set out in its Strategic Approach?
  • What assessment would you make of the commitments in the consumer protection chapter? 
  • What are the economic consequences for farmers, and the agriculture and food industries of a deal with New Zealand? In particular, how would you assess the tariff liberalisation schedules for the specific agricultural products noted in the Agreement in Principle (beef, sheep meat, butter, cheese, and fresh apples)? Are the transitional quotas and product-specific safeguards enough to protect UK farmers? 
  • How might UK manufacturers benefit from reductions in New Zealand’s tariff and non-tariff barriers for UK exports in industries such as automotive, machinery, and textiles?
  • Will the IP chapter in the agreement provide adequate protections for UK products, artists and performers? Will it protect the UK’s existing IP standards?
  • How will small and medium-sized businesses be impacted by the Agreement? 
  • How do you assess the commitments included in the environmental chapter? Are they sufficiently ambitious?
  • In your view, could the deal, and in particular the SPS provisions, have an impact on the operation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and, if so, how?

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