As set out in the Government's White Paper "The Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union", the UK's proposal for its future economic partnership with the EU would enable the UK to pursue an ambitious bilateral trade agenda. Negotiating and implementing Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with the countries beyond the European Union is a key part of this.
Consultation on bilateral free trade agreements
The Department for International Trade (DIT) issued four public consultations closing on 26 October 2018 relating to bilateral Free Trade Agreements between the UK and the United States, Australia, and New Zealand; and relating to the UK potentially seeking accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
The consultation asked three substantive questions:
- What would you want the UK government to achieve through a free trade agreement (or related trade talks), and why?
- What concerns, if any, does your public sector body have about a free trade agreement (or related trade talks), and why?
- Is there anything else that you would want to say about the UK's future trade relationship with the countries in question?
The NHS European Office consulted stakeholders regarding the potential impact of free trade agreements on the healthcare sector in the UK and submitted a response to all four consultations.
Read the full response.
Our briefing on the NHS and future trade agreements assesses the impact on the NHS of future trade deals after Brexit and argues that any such impacts should be assessed to ensure that commercial advantage is not prioritised at the expense of human and economic health.