Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Senior Lecturer discusses post-Brexit trade policy in Whitehall

Monday, 05 March 2018

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The meeting was part of an ongoing process of stakeholder engagement that resulted from submissions made in October 2017, to the consultation on the UK government's White Paper 'Preparing for our future UK trade policy'. During the meeting Stephen was given the opportunity to expand on some of the points that he had raised. These relate to his longstanding research interest in the European Union's trade and development policy to Africa.

He raised three main issues:

An interrogation of the assumed relationship between trade and development that is at the core of the White Paper.

Concerns over the democratic input to future UK trade policymaking. Stephen recommended that a clear and unequivocal commitment should be made so that parliament and the devolved administrations/legislatures will have a say in both formulating negotiating mandates and ratifying any future trade agreements agreed by the UK.

An outline of the problems that will result if the UK sticks to the plan of rolling-over the existing Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) that have been negotiated between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific states during recent years.

You can read a detailed summary of these points in a blog written for the Centre for Global Politics, Economy and Society, which is based at Brookes. Stephen has also submitted further written evidence on point three of the above issues, to the UK Parliament's International Trade Committee Inquiry into the 'Continuing application of EU trade agreements after Brexit'. This evidence is available on the parliamentary website.