Wednesday 8 December 2021 / 12:01 AM International Trade / Nick Thomas-Symonds

Nick Thomas-Symonds comments on NAO ‘Progress with trade negotiations’ report

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow International Trade Secretary, commenting on the National Audit Office’s ‘Progress with trade negotiations’ report, said:

“The 2019 Conservative manifesto promised to negotiate a number of free trade agreements, including with the United States, within three years.

“Time is ticking down and Ministers have not even identified the resources they need to implement existing agreements and conduct other negotiations at the same time. This is letting down UK workers and businesses.

“Not only that, it is deeply concerning that the devolved administrations do not have the information they need to consider trade deals, this is extremely incompetent.

“Ministers must get a grip of this and act urgently. Promoting British jobs and standards around the world should be a top priority.”