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Trade: Ethics

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN 290448, tabled on 24 September 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to develop fair and ethical trade.

Answered on

1 October 2019

As outlined in the White Paper, Preparing for our future UK trade policy, the Government is committed to a fair and rules-based approach to international trade. The UK has long supported the promotion of our values globally and this will continue as we leave the European Union.

The Department for International Trade and the Department for International Development are working together to ensure development and global prosperity are at the heart of UK trade and investment policy. We do this in several ways, including:

  • enhancing market access for poor countries through our trading arrangements;

  • ensuring that they can take advantage of this access through trade-related assistance (Aid for Trade); and

  • using our voice in organisations like the World Trade Organisation to argue for better and fairer trading rules for developing countries.

The Government will pursue economic prosperity for the UK and lead by example through our pursuit of free and fair trade.