Make sure that t trade is fair for all
BREXIT is generating many column inches and much uncertainty about how we will fare outside the European Union. If the UK does, once again, start striking its own international trade deals then it’s important that these are fair – for us, and for millions of farmers a and workers living in p poverty around the globe w who help put food on our tables.
Having recently only marginally passed its way through Westminster, the Trade Bill is currently on its way to the House of Lords for debate.
As it stands, the public, MPs, AMs and producers remain powerless to properly scrutinise or stop a new trade agreement, no matter how damaging it may be to the UK or farmers in developing countries.
The House of Lords will debate the Trade Bill at the beginning of September. If between now and then we can prove to peers how important this issue is, they can push the Government to give us a proper say in our future trade deals.
Our trade deals are too important to let the Government do them in secret. They affect all aspects of our lives, as well as the livelihoods of the millions of people who grow the food we enjoy every day.
Wales became the world’s first Fair Trade Nation in 2008. Our heritage of farming, mining and crafts lends itself to showing solidarity with other farmers, workers and craftspeople around the world. As a nation we have long stood together with people who are poor and oppressed: from anti-slavery campaigns to the anti-apartheid movement.
A democratic and transparent process for negotiating them is the only way we can ensure trade works for everyone, but we’re running out of time to prove this to the House of Lords.