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Trade Agreements: Israel

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN 271554, tabled on 1 July 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will seek the inclusion of a binding human rights clause in a future free trade agreement with Israel to establish that the (a) relations between the parties and (b) provisions of the agreement shall be based on respect for human rights and democratic principles as is provided for in article 2 of the EU-Israel Association Agreement.

Answered on

5 July 2019

The UK and Israel signed a trade continuity agreement in February 2019. The UK-Israel Agreement incorporates human rights provisions of the EU-Israel Trade Agreements, without modification.

The UK has a history of protecting and promoting human rights and will continue to do so. We are exploring all options in the design of any future trade agreements.