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Trade Agreements: Cameroon

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN 148745, tabled on 3 February 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2021 to Question 144971 and with reference to the publication of the Memorandums of Understanding with the Solomon Islands and Samoa, St Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, Kenya, and Canada, for what reason the Memorandum of Understanding agreed with Cameroon has not been published to date.

Answered on

8 February 2021

I refer my Right Hon. Friend for Islington South and Finsbury to the answer I gave on 2 February 2021, UIN:144971. In this case, negotiations with Cameroon were not concluded until 24 December. In order to prevent trade disruption and fulfil our trade continuity objective, we secured a temporary bridging mechanism with Cameroon to continue the effects of our trading arrangements for the time needed until both parties can sign and fully ratify the Agreement.

We are working to conclude this process as quickly as possible. The text of the agreement will be laid in Parliament under the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act (CRaG) and the corresponding Memorandum of Understanding published on GOV.UK once the formal process of signing the Agreement is complete.

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