Trade Bill

The UK government's flagship Trade Bill is in crisis, after the parliamentary process was reportedly postponed until May over fears that the government will be defeated on amendments to stay in a European customs union.

Democracy has been kept out so far. But the Trade Bill battle is far from over


21 February 2018

Liam Fox’s Trade Bill is nearing the end of its time in the House of Commons, and so far our efforts to amend it have been frustrated. But there's a long way to go.

This is just the start. Over the next few weeks we will work with politicians of all parties to get this Bill amended and make sure parliament has control of trade policy after Brexit.

Campaigners demand that MPs and the public be given a democratic role in trade deals

First I was interviewed by MPs. Then I was banned from Argentina. This is why trade democracy matters


30 November 2017

I started yesterday presenting evidence to parliament’s international trade committee, and I finished it by having my accreditation to next week’s WTO summit withdrawn. Both events relate to the same issue: the lack of power we as citizens have over trade policy.

How Liam Fox read 60,000 comments on the trade consultation in a few hours


22 November 2017

Liam Fox must be a very fast reader. Superhuman in fact. Because just hours after the ‘consultation’ on the trade white paper closed, the government proposed a new Trade Bill.

We’ve only got a few months to make trade democratic


17 November 2017

While MPs have been racing against the clock to amend the ‘Great Repeal Bill’ this week, another bill has been quietly introduced into parliament, with serious implications for everyone in the UK as well as millions more people round the world.

The Trade Justice Movement has welcomed the government’s recognition in its trade white paper, released yesterday, of the need for trade policy to be “transparent and inclusive”. However it has criticised the government’s commitments so far as woefully inadequate, in particular the lack of any clear role for parliament in scrutinising trade deals.

5 reasons to be worried about the new Trade Bill

We are calling on the UK government to include five guarantees in the Trade Bill that would make the trade process democratic and accountable to the public.

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A tug of war for Scotland's future


05 September 2018

The sun is unexpectedly shining from a clear blue sky as I arrive at Holyrood. I’m wearing my finest business suit and bowler hat, and I’m standing outside the Scottish parliament. With me are Liam Fox, Theresa May, Donald Trump, and UK trade minister George Hollingbery. But I’m not here to discuss investments or tax breaks. There’s something more important at stake.

Parliament was asleep at the wheel on CETA. It can’t be allowed to happen again

Few people noticed but parliament just made a big mistake on trade. On Tuesday, MPs passed a motion in support of CETA – the EU-Canada trade agreement.

The Trade Bill is now at the centre of the Brexit shambles


23 February 2018

When Liam Fox introduced his Trade Bill last Autumn, he must have hoped it would clear parliament in a couple of months, and by now he would be busy mapping out the shape of Britain’s post-Brexit relationship with the world. 

Democracy has been kept out so far. But the Trade Bill battle is far from over


21 February 2018

Liam Fox’s Trade Bill is nearing the end of its time in the House of Commons, and so far our efforts to amend it have been frustrated. But there's a long way to go.

First I was interviewed by MPs. Then I was banned from Argentina. This is why trade democracy matters


30 November 2017

I started yesterday presenting evidence to parliament’s international trade committee, and I finished it by having my accreditation to next week’s WTO summit withdrawn. Both events relate to the same issue: the lack of power we as citizens have over trade policy.

How Liam Fox read 60,000 comments on the trade consultation in a few hours


22 November 2017

Liam Fox must be a very fast reader. Superhuman in fact. Because just hours after the ‘consultation’ on the trade white paper closed, the government proposed a new Trade Bill.

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Parliamentary processes on scrutiny of trade deals have today been branded as “anachronistic and inadequate” in a report released by the UK parliament’s Constitution Committee. The report on “Parliamentary Scrutiny of Treaties” is the sixth in a series of reports by parliamentary committees that have strongly criticised current parliamentary processes for agreeing trade deals.

Trade justice campaigners have welcomed the government's defeat over Amendment 12 to the Trade Bill in the House of Lords. A cross-party amendment to give parliament the power to hold the government to account for its trade policy was passed by 215 votes to 168.

The Department for International Trade has today set out a woeful set of proposals for the scrutiny of trade deals after Brexit, campaign group Global Justice Now has said. It follows a written statement by the secretary of state, Liam Fox, designed to allow the government’s Trade Bill to proceed in the House of Lords.