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.”
We are now one step closer to an ambitious, wide-ranging free trade agreement with one of our oldest friends. An FTA with Australia can bring investment, better jobs, higher wages and lower prices just when we need them the most.
Rt Hon Liz Truss MP
Secretary of State for International Trade
Hon Tony Abbott AC
28th Prime Minister of Australia
Rt Hon Stephen J. Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Rt Hon Lord Mandelson
former First Secretary of State, former European Commissioner for Trade
Hon Chan Chun Sing
Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore
Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange and Telegraph Columnist