UK trade policy transparency and scrutiny


Terms of reference


1 Introduction and core principles

Core principles

2 Trade, trust and transparency

Drivers of transparency

Transparency at the EU level

The UK’s approach to transparency

Proposals for increased transparency

Presumption of transparency

Statutory transparency requirements

Public engagement

3 Parliament’s role in trade policy

Current UK parliamentary oversight of trade policy

Government proposals for parliamentary involvement in future trade policy

Parliamentary committee

Negotiating mandate and priorities

Ongoing parliamentary involvement during trade negotiations


4 Devolved administrations

Involvement of the devolved administrations in UK trade policy

Intergovernmental trade committee

Involvement at different stages of the process


During negotiations


Access to texts

Limitations of alternative models

5 Business and civil society

Current EU consultation mechanisms

UK businesses’ views on their involvement at EU level

Proposals for engagement with business and civil society

Pre-negotiation consultation

Consultation methods

Consultative committees

Participation in / consultation during negotiations

Formal and informal mechanisms

Transparency relating to consultation

Impact assessments

6 Local government

Benefits of local government involvement in trade policy

Regional impact

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex 1: Proposed stakeholder engagement and input processes

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 28 December 2018