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Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Shadow Minister for International Climate Change, responding to the Times report on photographed documents from the Department for International Trade, said:

“Today we are reminded once again that the Secretary of State simply does not get it when it comes to the detail of contemporary international trade negotiations. His mission to pursue an 19th Century vision of free trade is dragging the U.K. backwards. Modern 21st Century trade agreements must address the critical issues of standards and protections facing our society and must work to tackle illegal trade and to address the non-tariff barriers that exist.

Climate change and illegal wildlife trade are major international issues that require global cooperation and it is essential that trade agreements are designed in a way that takes account of and enables us to tackle these matters. That this government is willing to abandon critical efforts to protect future generations in order to schmooze potential trade partners now is not only utterly unacceptable; it reeks of desperation. What else is this government prepared to trade off in their frantic frenzy to obtain quick and dirty trade deals to mask any failure of their Brexit negotiations?

“The Tories, like to say Britain is open for business – what they don't like to admit is they are prepared to sell the country's heritage and its principles.”

 

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Barry comments on the leaked documents suggesting the UK will abandon climate change and illegal wildlife trade action in return for Free Trade Agreements

Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Shadow Minister for International Climate Change, responding to the Times report on photographed documents from the Department for International Trade,...

Barry Gardiner, Shadow Secretary for International Trade, commenting on The Chancellor’s trade promotion visit to India, said:

“One does not need to be an oracle to read the meaning of India allowing our existing bilateral investment treaty to lapse just before the Chancellor’s visit.

“Nostalgic visions of creating an ‘Empire 2.0’ through trade with the Commonwealth are understandably being treated with derision by modern economic powerhouses like India.

“India will drive a hard bargain in any future trade negotiations to protect its domestic interests. And this government needs the humility to accept that the immigration policies of Theresa May have done enormous damage to any trade and investment dialogue with India. ‘We want your money, but not your people’ in an extremely unattractive opening gambit in any trade negotiation.”

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Barry comments on the Chancellor's trade promotion visit to India

Barry Gardiner, Shadow Secretary for International Trade, commenting on The Chancellor’s trade promotion visit to India, said: “One does not need to be an oracle to read the meaning of...

Barry Gardiner, Shadow Secretary for International Trade commenting on Liam Fox’s meeting with President Duterte of the Philippines, said:

“As we leave the European Union the United Kingdom will need to expand trade with countries all around the world and it is right that the government should be pursuing that vigorously. However we must be very careful not to sacrifice fundamental principles in the process.

“It is deeply worrying that Liam Fox's first destination after the triggering of Article 50 is the Philippines where President Duterte’s regime has caused huge concern over its flagrant disregard for human rights. What is even more worrying is Liam Fox’s talk of shared common values between our countries.

“Let it be clear that we do not share common values with President Duterte who wants to bring back the death penalty and lower the age of criminal responsibility to nine.

“Labour is clear that our international trade strategy must be rooted in fair, democratic and sustainable principles not economic benefits alone.”

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Barry comments on Liam Fox's meeting with President Duterte

Barry Gardiner, Shadow Secretary for International Trade commenting on Liam Fox’s meeting with President Duterte of the Philippines, said: “As we leave the European Union the United Kingdom will need...


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