- The Trade Justice Movement is a coalition of UK-‐based organisations concerned with trade justice, including trade unions, aid agencies, environment and human rights campaigns, Fair Trade organisations, faith and consumer groups. The movement was founded in 2000 and is supported by more than 60 member organisations with millions of individual members. TJM has strong links to organisations campaigning for trade justice in Africa and in other regions.
- This submission will focus on the question related to the potential implications for UK-‐Africa trade relations from the UK leaving the European Union (Brexit), notably ways for the UK government to ensure that post-‐ Brexit trade policies would be pro-‐poor and equitable for men and women in Africa.
- The result of the UK referendum on EU membership has given rise to questions about the future of UK trade policy. A new Department for International Trade has been established and it seems likely that the UK will have to negotiate new trade agreements with a range of trading partners, including developing countries, in the coming years. Trade and investment are key priorities for the new Secretary of State for International Development. As of yet the legal status of the UK position within the WTO, but outside the EU, remains unclear.
- While the Brexit vote creates significant uncertainty, it also presents an opportunity to develop a new approach to trade and investment. MPs can take immediate action to ensure that all new deals with developing countries are designed to support economic transformation and the creation of decent well-‐ paid jobs in developing countries, as well as action to tackle climate change.
4.1 The UK can set the tone for the future direction of trade and investment policy by undertaking an urgent review and reform of the protections it offers to international investors.
4.2. The UK should enhance parliamentary scrutiny of future trade and investment negotiations.
4.3. The UK should ensure that the process and outcome of any future trade and investment negotiations with developing countries is pro-‐poor and equitable.
5. A significant number of UK MPs, organisations and activists from a range of constituencies have long understood the huge importance of trade and investment for achieving goals ranging from poverty reduction to climate targets. This constituency includes individuals with significant expertise who are well-‐ placed to contribute to the development of a new UK trade and investment strategy.