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6 February 2024 - UK trade policy: food and agriculture - Oral evidence

Committee Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Inquiry UK trade policy: food and agriculture

Tuesday 6 February 2024

Start times: 2:00pm (private) 2:30pm (public)

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EFRA Committee to scrutinise the UK’s Free Trade Agreements, ongoing FTA negotiations, and recent accession to the CPTPP 

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will hold the second session of its ‘UK trade policy: food and agriculture’ inquiry, which will next week see MPs scrutinise the Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) the UK has signed since leaving the EU.

Meeting details

At 2:30pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry UK trade policy: food and agriculture
Professor of Economics and International Business at Edge Hill University
Professor of International Economic Law and Associate Director for Agrifood Supply Chains at University of Leeds
CEO at Competere and Academic Fellow at Institute of Economic Affairs
At 3:30pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry UK trade policy: food and agriculture
Head of Food, Drink and Trade Promotion at UK India Business Council
Director of Trade and Business Strategy at National Farmers Union (NFU)
International Sales Manager at Coombe Castle
Head of Economics at Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Committee members will also raise negotiations currently being undertaken, and examine the case of the stalling talks between the UK and Canada, in recent days. 


The cross-party Committee will take evidence from academics and sector experts, who will be asked for their reflections on the Government’s approach to the trade agreements it is currently pursuing.

The session will consider the implications of the UK’s recent accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), for the UK agri-food sector, questioning witnesses on what the major long-term strategic opportunities and threats to industry may be.

MPs will question witnesses on the impact to the UK agri-food industry and trade relationships of the current geopolitical situation around the Red Sea and the Suez Canal, where disruption to shipping has highlighted the vulnerabilities of geographically extended supply chains.

The session will also investigate the ongoing FTA negotiations between the UK and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and India.


Room 6, Palace of Westminster

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