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UK trade negotiations: Agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council




Through this sub-inquiry, the Committee will scrutinise the UK-Gulf Cooperation Council negotiations, any Agreement in Principle, and the final free trade agreement (FTA) text. 

The Committee is particularly interested in finding out how this agreement will affect people and businesses across the UK, the likely economic, social, and environmental impacts of the agreement, and how a free trade agreement could further the UK’s strategic objectives in the region.  

The Committee intends to provide parliamentary scrutiny of the agreement by:  

  • inviting written evidence from interested stakeholders; 
  • analysing the text of the agreement;
  • questioning experts, stakeholders and the Secretary of State for International Trade in oral evidence sessions; and 
  • publishing a report on the FTA text, in which it may recommend that the agreement is debated in the House of Commons Chamber. 

Under the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010, after the agreement is laid before Parliament there is a period of 21 sitting days in which either House may choose to pass a motion stating that it should not be ratified. Ahead of this, the Government has committed to allowing at least three months for public scrutiny. The Committee intends to publish its report on the agreement during this period. 

The Government has said it will endeavour to provide time for the agreement to be debated on the floor of the House of Commons should the Committee recommend it. 

This sub-inquiry forms part of the Committee’s ongoing UK Trade Negotiations inquiry. Evidence that has already been submitted to that inquiry which is specific to the prospective agreement with the GCC will also be considered as part of this sub-inquiry.