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UK trade negotiations: Agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council

Inquiry

Background 

 

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. 

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Sunday 30 January 2022.

Reports, special reports and government responses

No reports or special reports published.

Oral evidence transcripts

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12 January 2022
Inquiry UK trade negotiations: Agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council
Witnesses Dr David Roberts (Associate Professor at King's College London), Bandar Reda (CEO and Secretary General at British-Arab Chamber of Commerce), and Dr Joseph A. Kéchichian (Senior Research Fellow at King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies)
Committees International Trade Committee
Oral Evidence
GCC0020 - UK trade negotiations: Agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council
Witnesses Department for International Trade
Committees International Trade Committee
Written Evidence
GCC0019 - UK trade negotiations: Agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council
Witnesses Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain
Committees International Trade Committee
Written Evidence
GCC0018 - UK trade negotiations: Agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council
Witnesses Law Society of Scotland
Committees International Trade Committee
Written Evidence

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