Emily Jones provides evidence to UK Parliament on improving trade governance

Emily Jones, Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, was invited to give evidence at the UK's All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Trade and Export Promotion. In submitting evidence to the APPG, Emily highlighted three areas of UK trade policy: parliamentary scrutiny, engagement with devolved administrations and stakeholder consultation. Her recommendations included:

  • Introducing more effective parliamentary scrutiny over trade policy by granting MPs greater access to negotiating texts (including the right to debate and vote on trade agreements), and a mechanism for Parliament to scrutinise the implementation of the UK-EU agreement.
  • Giving devolved administrations the statutory right to co-determine the negotiating mandate in areas of devolved competence and fully participate in negotiations on issues that lie within these areas.
  • Strengthening stakeholder consultation and stakeholder engagement by conducting an independent review of the current composition of stakeholder mechanisms and the use of confidentiality agreements, creating a public engagement strategy, and a statutory obligation for government to publish a range of documents to better inform the public debate.