The UK will join the CPTPP, an Asia-Pacific trade bloc. This briefing paper explains the Government's reasons for joining, reaction from business and civil society and the next steps before the agreement comes into force.
This page has been created to provide background information for the debate in Westminster Hall on 1 May 2019 on Future international trade opportunities for the UK.
Options for trade with the EU
See Library Briefing Paper, Brexit: Proposals for the future UK-EU relationship .
Rolling over EU trade agreements
Please see Library Briefing Paper, UK progress in rolling over EU trade agreements
Government consultation on future trade agreements
Last year, the Government consulted on future trade agreements with the US, Australia, New Zealand, and the CPTPP. These consultations closed on 26 October. The Government has not yet responded due to the large number of responses. Details of the consultations are here:
Processes for future trade agreements
There is an ongoing debate about the process for Parliament and civil society to scrutinise future trade agreements. See International Trade Committee inquiry.
The Government published a document on this earlier this year.
The Government has also announced a Strategic Trade Advisory Group which includes representatives from business, trade unions and civil society.