Clause 17 International Trade Agreement

The fourth key myth is that of the NHS. The NHS remains protected and will not be on the table of any trade agreement, including the prices we pay for drugs. ยท The EU agreements, in which the UK currently operates, provide vital protection for the NHS, protect the UK`s right to regulate in the interest of public health and ensure high health and safety standards for imported products. It`s a great pleasure to talk after the Hon. Member for South Antrim (Paul Girvan). Agriculture and fishing are very important in this country, including Northern Ireland, and if we have trade agreements, family farms and family fishing are important. 2.6 These safeguards are essential to ensure that trade agreements protect the NHS from future liberalization and to give future governments options to withdraw privatization from the NHS and restructure health and social protection care for a more collaborative model. I know I have a very short period of time, so I would just like to address a point very quickly. I am disappointed that the government has not found a place in this bill to guarantee in writing that Northern Ireland will be able to participate fully in the international trade agreements we will conclude around the world if we leave the EU. They cannot give assurances that the Northern Ireland Protocol will not prevent us from taking advantage of goods that come to the UK as a result of trade agreements or that do not make the overseas sales process so expensive that it penalises us when it comes to selling in other parts of the world.

We think we have a competitive economy, but it is not competitive because the Northern Ireland Protocol binds us to the internal market and the European customs territory and so we are treated differently from the rest of the UK. Unfortunately, the Minister`s verbal assurances cannot end the mandatory legal obligations of the withdrawal agreement. The new Article 18 is intended to give Parliament and de decentralised legislators binding votes on international agreements or counter-vetos, which would profoundly undermine the royal prerogative and, even worse, reduce our flexibility to negotiate agreements that best serve the interests of Consumers and British communities. In approving the bill, the government is asking us to trust its judgment. Unfortunately, we have seen this verdict on the benches of the Labour Party. Based on my inbox, public opinion does not trust the government to negotiate such agreements. The government insists that the NHS is not on the table of the trade agreement, that any trade agreement must comply with existing UK food standards and that it intends to guarantee workers` rights and environmental protection. If so, they should now accept the opposition`s amendments and legislate on those commitments. If they don`t, we have evidence of what we already suspect: that they are willing to sell to the highest bidder.

I am a member of the International Trade Committee, which, of course, is heard by all parties; I wonder why the Hon gentleman has reduced the price of this commission by saying that there is no control. I welcome the government`s involvement so far. I`m going to ask the Lord. Gentleman direct: How many trade agreements did these cases pass before the CRAG Protocol Act while the government was resting in Brussels? “(1) Before a copy of an international trade agreement is presented to Parliament in accordance with Section 20(1) of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010, the Secretary of State must submit to Parliament an impact assessment that takes into account the short- and long-term impact of the agreement on various sectors, including , but not limited to … (b) negotiations related to the implementation or modification of an international trade agreement. or in some other way related to international trade.