International Agreements Committee
UK accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP): Scrutiny of the Government’s Negotiating Objectives

10th Report of Session 2021-22 - published 16 November 2021 - HL Paper 94


Chapter 1: Introduction

This report and inquiry

Membership of the CPTPP agreement

The UK Government’s Negotiating Objectives for CPTPP

Box 1: Commitments and red lines included in the Negotiating Objectives

Scope for making changes to the CPTPP agreement

Box 2: Mechanisms for seeking carve-outs from treaty obligations

The process of accession

CPTPP agreement structure

Chapter 2: Analysing the economic case for accession

Immediate economic benefits are limited, but the Agreement may open opportunities for collaboration

Table 1: Summary of long-term economic impacts of accession

Overlap with bilateral FTAs

Table 2: Bilateral free trade agreements with CPTPP member states

Chapter 3: Impacts on specific sectors, SMEs and consumers

The agricultural sector

Manufactured goods

Rules of Origin

Box 3: Rules of Origin

Customs facilitations

Services sectors

Financial services

Intellectual property and audio-visual services

Recognition of professional qualifications

Digital and data provisions

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs)


Chapter 4: Impact on the UK’s regulatory environment

Immediate risks

CPTPP Article 18.38 and the European Patent Convention

CPTPP Article 18.53 and the cost of generic medicines to the NHS

Potential constraints on the future regulatory environment

The precautionary principle and food standards

Data protection

Disclosure of source code of software

Suspended intellectual property provisions

Regulation of professional qualifications

Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)

Climate commitments and environmental standards

Chapter 5: Government engagement and consultation

Consultation and engagement with the devolved administrations

Information in the Strategic Approach on devolved impacts

Government engagement with Parliament and the Committee

Summary of Conclusions and recommendations

Appendix 1: List of Members, declarations of interest and Committee staff

Appendix 2: List of witnesses

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