Friday 26 October 2018 / 5:22 PM Barry Gardiner / International Trade

Barry Gardiner responds to TRA appointments

Barry Gardiner MP, Labour’s Shadow International Trade Secretary, commenting on a series of senior appointments to the Trade Remedies Authority (TRA), including chair and CEO, even though Parliament has yet to approve the appointment process, said:

“A Trade Remedies Authority that stands up for British industries and defends them against dumping and unfair practices is an essential requirement prior to leaving the EU.

“However, these appointments are being made even though the TRA does not yet exist in law. Members of both Houses of Parliament have tabled amendments to the Trade Bill to challenge the very process by which any such appointments should take place. That Liam Fox has pressed ahead in defiance of Parliament shows a blatant disregard for the legislative process and again exposes this Government’s contempt for Parliamentary sovereignty.

“The reason this Government has had to rush these appointments out is because of their spectacular failure to negotiate a timely Brexit deal. Liam Fox must explain what he will say to his new employees if Parliament decides that the appointments should have been done using different methods and criteria.”