Trade scrutiny

Published 27 March 2024

This episode of the Trade Bites podcast scrutinizes the topic of trade agreement scrutiny. In addition to the ratification of the UK's accession to the Asia Pacific Trade Block (CPTPP) earlier this month, there are at least seven new UK Free Trade Agreements currently under negotiation. How do we know that the trade policy decisions that the Government is taking on our behalf are the right ones? Alan Winters (CITP), Alan Ramsey (Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland), Alex Horne (Barrister and Durham University) and Mairi Spowage (CITP) discuss whether the Government is delivering value and if they got their priorities right; what level of involvement should there be for the UK's devolved administrations and other stakeholders?; and ultimately, how could the process be more inclusive?