Monday 10 August 2020 / 7:22 PM International Trade

Government has made a colossal misjudgement on trade deals – Bill Esterson

Bill Esterson MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for International Trade, commenting on the Institute for Government report into Trade and Regulations Post Brexit, said:

“The government has made a colossal misjudgement of just how complex it is seeking to negotiate new trade deals from scratch. With less than five months to go, they are struggling badly enough just trying to roll over the existing deals we have with the likes of Japan, Canada and Turkey courtesy of our membership of the EU, let alone reach new agreements with the likes of the United States.

“As the Institute for Government points out, the grave risk is now that a weakened government running out of time will accept any terms in return for a deal, which is exactly what Labour has been warning about with respect to the United States.

“We repeat our call for Tory MPs to support Labour’s amendments to the Trade Bill, when it returns from the House of Lords, so that we have proper protections for our farming standards and our NHS written into law, and full parliamentary scrutiny of future trade agreements to avoid any further unforced errors.”