Future Trade Deals

A number of constituents have expressed their concerns about free trade deals. The UN, the World Bank and WHO has recognised improving world trade has lifted people out of poverty, see link below:


A dramatic increase in developing country participation in trade has coincided with an equally sharp decline in extreme poverty worldwide. Developing countries now constitute 48% of world trade, up from 33%  in 2000, and the number of people living in extreme poverty has been cut in half since 1990, to just under one billion people. Trade has helped increase the number and quality of jobs in developing countries, stimulated economic growth, and driven productivity increases

The Rt Hon. Michael Gove Secretary of State for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs along with other Ministers have been clear we will not be dropping standards on meat or other products. 

The suggestion the NHS or the price of drugs will go up is a long-standing scare story, the Government is committed to protecting the NHS. The NHS is safeguarded by specific exemptions in all EU trade agreements and, as our country leaves the EU, the UK will continue to ensure that rigorous protections for the NHS are included in all trade agreements it is party to.

May 2019