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Trade campaigners have reacted with fury to the long-delayed results of the Department for International Trade’s four public consultations on post-Brexit trade deals, released today. They accuse the department of planning to ignore hundreds of thousands of responses demanding that the public is given a say over future trade deals, and expressing concern over the prospects for food standards and the NHS.

Campaigners today issued a stark warning, that Boris Johnson’s enthusiasm to engage in a ‘quick’ US trade deal if he becomes Prime Minister next week, threatens Britain’s public services, food standards and online privacy. The Times (1) reported that Johnson is ready to travel to the US to start discussing a trade deal “as soon as possible” after becoming Prime Minister, engaging first in a limited, quick deal, but laying the grounds for a much bigger deal in coming months.

Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now, said:

Global Justice Now has launched a legal challenge at the Information Rights Tribunal over the Department for International Trade’s failure to release details of numerous trade meetings it has held with the United States and other countries since the EU referendum in 2016.