(vi) „Parliament`s role under the new Term 4 would limit the UK`s flexibility and effectiveness in trade negotiations.“ With respect to the current provisions of the act, that is the right thing to do. However, the fact that amendments involving trade agreements with new partners may have been submitted indicates that there is no procedural right to include such provisions in the eventual legislation. For the reporting phase, the opposition parties tabled significantly the amendments they tabled in committee. In addition, labour has not reintroduced its own amendments, which propose Parliament`s approval of negotiating objectives and draft free trade agreements, but refers, in one of its remaining amendments, to the new paragraph 4, which states that it supports Mr Djanogly`s version. In total, the new Article 4 has obtained the signatures of 33 MPs from 6 parties, which means that it can be chosen by the spokesperson for debate and decision. With regard to the opening of negotiations, the proposed new Article 4 procedure for free trade negotiations with the EU and with the United States, Australia and New Zealand would come too late, all of which began with an oral ministerial statement before the House of Commons and not a debate. (This was a step backwards from the promise made by the May government – in its March 2019 response to the International Trade Committee`s report on trade policy review – of a debate at this stage in the free trade agreement process with new partners.) However, the proposed new Article 4 procedure would take into account the signing phase of these free trade agreements and the entire free trade agreement process put in place after the new status process was completed. It`s always tempting, when a hard negotiation is over, to breathe and announce „Job done.“ But with trade agreements, work is rarely done. For the brilliant new World Trade Organization agreement on trade facilitation, we have a lot of work to do if it is to exploit its potential. Read more „Now that the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement has been activated in 112 countries, it also says: „The main unso amenited – and potentially politically viable – amendments tabled for the reporting phase are the amendments proposed by Conservative Jonathan Djanogly.
Mr. Djanogly was one of the most active MPs who advocated for better parliamentary oversight of trade agreements in the previous and current procedures of the Trade Act, but he was not on the Public Committee of the Law for either of the two bills.