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Inquiry into the UK’s accession to CPTPP launched by Lords Committee

25 July 2023

On 16 July the Government announced the UK’s accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership. The International Agreements Committee has previously reported on the Government’s negotiating objectives and raised concerns over certain agricultural, environmental and geopolitical issues.

This inquiry

Following on from the Committee’s previous report, this inquiry will focus on if and how these issues were resolved, and the outlook for the UK’s future participation in CPTPP. The Committee is seeking evidence on questions including:

  • What is your view of the overall likely economic benefit of CPTPP for the UK?
  • How far does it provide UK services firms with new market access
  • Has the NHS been protected?
  • What are the implications of CPTPP for the UK’s domestic environmental policies and regulations?

Chair's comments

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

"In 2021, the committee published a report scrutinising the Government’s negotiating objectives for this agreement, in which we discussed the case for accession and highlighted some concerns. We are pleased that an agreement has been concluded and are hopeful that joining the partnership will be beneficial for the UK. However, we are keen to find out if our concerns have been resolved in the UK’s terms of accession.

“We would like to know more about the economic benefits and disadvantages of the agreement, its agricultural and services provisions, its effect on manufacturers, and the impact on environmental protection, among other issues. We hope the evidence we receive will allow us to draw conclusions on the real benefits and pitfalls of the treaty.

“We encourage a wide range of individuals and organisations to come forward and submit evidence to help inform our inquiry, so we can hold the Government accountable in ensuring that the best possible deal has been secured for the UK and that any concerns have been addressed sufficiently.”

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