Thursday 28 February 2019 / 4:45 PM Barry Gardiner / Trade

Post-Brexit trade framework would make agreements even more secretive

Barry Gardiner MP, Labour’s Shadow Trade Secretary, commenting on the government’s Command Paper setting out processes for making free trade agreements after the United Kingdom has left the European Union, said:

“Instead of setting out a transparent framework for future trade agreements, the government have announced that they will instead be making the process more secretive than it currently is. People will rightly be asking just what is the government trying to hide?

“This is a government that has repeatedly attempted to circumvent Parliament and which has taken every possible opportunity to prevent scrutiny and oversight of their political agenda. While the government continue to talk about how Brexit will return sovereignty to Parliament, today’s Command Paper is yet more evidence that the Tories are determined to erode it.”