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Department for International Trade launches public consultation on post-Brexit Trade Agreements

International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox launches the UK Government’s first ever public consultations on new trade agreements.

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  • The UK government’s first ever public consultations on new trade agreements

  • 4 open consultations on new trade agreements with; USA, Australia, New Zealand and UK’s potential membership of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

  • Consultations will take views of "MPs, devolved governments, businesses, civil society groups and consumers."

 

The context of this public consultation is that "prospective" new trade agreements are required for the UK's trade future. In launching the consultation, Dr Liam Fox said "This is a hugely historic moment for the British people who voted to leave the European Union and take back control and the government is delivering exactly that on trade." 

 

"This is a hugely historic moment for the British people who voted to leave the European Union and take back control and the government is delivering exactly that on trade."

Dr Liam Fox, International Trade Secretary.

 

Definition of a free trade agreement.

From the Gov.UK website - "A free trade agreement is an international agreement between two or more countries. It aims to remove or reduce barriers to trade and investment, so goods and services can move more freely. Free trade agreements can vary in scope. Areas that can be covered in free trade agreements include:

  • Reducing import taxes (known as tariffs)

  • Opening access for services trade by reducing (for example) regulatory barriers, investment barriers, or visa barriers preventing professionals from visiting countries to provide services

  • Improving access to government contracts abroad

  • Commitments to simplify and increase transparency of others' product regulations and protect the consumer

  • Increased access to agricultural or industrial goods markets

  • Protecting intellectual property rights and supporting innovation

  • Environmental protection

  • Protection for workers"

 

Considerations for the cultural sector.

  • Do we need reciprocal agreements for touring / cultural services?

  • Or for (physical goods) cultural exports?

  • Would No Visa's and No Local Withholding Tax benefit the sector?

Culture Counts encourages the sector to contribute to any of the trade consultations they have capacity or interest in responding to. Responses are structured in a survey which can be accessed for each of the 4 consultations on the Gov.UK website. The deadline to respond is Friday 26 October 2018.

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Culture Counts will submit a response to these consultations. Core Members of Culture Counts can send us their views using the box below. Or email us with video or audio submissions to andy@culutrecounts.scot.

 
 
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