Stop trade deals being done in the dark

The government has promised to support farmers and workers in the world’s poorest communities when we leave the EU.

But this commitment could be undermined, or opportunities missed, through future trade deals they sign. And at the moment we’re powerless to prevent this from happening.

Parliament, the public and producers currently have no say over our future trade deals.

MPs have no power to propose, negotiate, amend, sign or stop a trade agreement. And the public, trade unions and civil society organisations have no right to consultation, no matter how damaging a deal may be to the UK or producers in developing countries.

Consultation is our opportunity to push the government to go further for the farmers who grow the food we love, as well as make sure they properly assess the impact of the UK's trade policy on the world's poorest. 

The Trade Bill put before parliament – which legislates for the UK to become an independent global trading nation post-Brexit – was the government’s chance to change the law on this. But they've failed to do so. 

Tell the Trade Minister, Liam Fox, to amend the Trade Bill and ensure that we have a democratic and transparent process for negotiating and signing trade deals.

Sign the petition to stop our future trade deals being done in the dark.

Want to know a bit more about the issue? Take a look at this briefing paper from the Trade Justice Movement. Or this one from Global Justice now. We’re campaigning in coalition with both organisations on this issue.

Sign the petition

Trade Minister - changing trade for good requires a transparent process where everyone has a seat at the negotiating table. Please ensure the Trade Bill contains the following:
  1. The right of parliament to set a thorough mandate to govern each trade negotiation, with a remit for the devolved administrations
  2. The right of citizens to be consulted as part of setting that mandate
  3. Full transparency in negotiations
  4. The right of parliament to amend and to reject trade deals, with full debates guaranteed and a remit for the devolved administrations
  5. The right of parliament to review trade deals and withdraw from them if they are damaging.