The Trade Bill is about preserving and ensuring the continuity of the agreements we already have with other countries via the EU. This will prevent disruption to existing trade and protect access to global markets for thousands of British businesses and people as we leave the EU.
Contrary to claims made by some, the Trade Bill, currently on its passage through Parliament, does not legislate for powers that could be used when implementing the new Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with countries with whom the EU does not already have a FTA before exit day. The UK is already party to these trade agreements by virtue of our membership of the EU.
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