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Local experts wanted to scrutinise trade deals

Created on 08/06/2021 @ 07:23


Local residents are being encouraged to apply for new roles that will scrutinise UK Free Trade Agreements (FTA) that are being made post-Brexit.

Montgomeryshire MP, Craig Williams, wants local residents with expertise in trade and agriculture to apply for the newly formed Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC).

The TAC has been established as an independent expert committee comprising trade and agriculture specialists, and will have a crucial role to play in the independent scrutiny of new trade deals.

The new body will provide independent, expert advice as to whether measures in FTA treaty texts may have an impact on UK domestic statutory protections. Up to 12 members will be appointed for their individual knowledge and expertise rather than representation of organisations, according to Mr Williams.

“The Trade and Agriculture Commission is an important part of the next stage of the UK delivering new free trade agreements,”  said Mr Williams.

“As has been demonstrated since the UK left the EU, the UK Government’s approach to free trade incorporates a fierce commitment to our high standards for food and farming, and ensuring effective scrutiny of new FTA’s is a crucial part of their delivery.

“We are committed to listening to farmers and supporting their needs in safeguarding the UK’s statutory protections. I would therefore encourage anyone within Montgomeryshire with expertise on trade and agriculture to come forward and make your voice heard, in what will be a crucially important contribution to delivering the UK’s ambitious trade agenda.”

The deadline for applying is June 23.

Further details on how to apply can be found at here.

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