The UK parliament and the people currently have no real say over post-Brexit trade deals. As the UK leaves the EU, the powers that the European Parliament had over trade are not being transferred to the UK parliament. Instead, they are being grabbed by the trade minister.
As a result, parliament will not be able to stop a toxic trade deal – nor can they amend it, or set red lines from the start to steer it in a different direction. The risks of a post-Brexit deal with the US are high, but MPs may find themselves powerless.
If we are to see trade work for people and not just big business, we have to ensure that the way trade deals are struck is transparent and democratic.