Written Evidence: Trade Justice Movement

Introduction

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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