Briefings Written Evidence to the International Trade Committee's Inquiry on Trade in Services

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Written Evidence to the International Trade Committee's Inquiry on Trade in Services

This document sets out TJM’s written evidence to the International Trade Committee’s Inquiry on UK trade in services. Since TJM’s area of expertise is in international trade agreements, the evidence primarily addresses the following question set out in the Terms of Reference: “To what extent should the UK seek to liberalise international trade in services through: preferential trade agreements; plurilateral agreements (e.g. the Trade in Services Agreement, TiSA); and/or through other mechanisms?”

Our response looks at three concerns around including services in trade agreements:

I. Public services and the right to regulate

II. Future proofing: ratchet and standstill clauses

III. Impact on developing countries

IV. Democracy and oversight

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Published February 2019 TJM

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