Inquiries launched on UK-Australia and UK-New Zealand trade negotiations

As the Government sets out ambitious plans to agree trade agreements with both Australia and New Zealand, the committee is seeking evidence at first focused on the impact on agriculture and food sectors, the movement of people in professional services and on financial services.

“The committee has ambitious plans to scrutinise the Government’s early priorities for UK post-Brexit trade negotiations. In addition to our ongoing inquiries into UK-US and UK-Japan negotiations, the Government has made clear that negotiating a free trade agreement with both New Zealand and Australia are included in these priorities, with talks having commenced earlier this month and in June.

“With Australia being the UK’s 11th largest non-EU trading partner, and trade between New Zealand and the UK being worth £3bn, the committee will look to focus on the Government’s objectives, the progress of negotiations, and the possible impacts of a final deal for individuals all across the UK.”

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