Harriet Harman

Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham. Mother of the House of Commons.

Trade agreements and human rights - amendment to Article 50 Bill


Today I tabled a cross-party amendment to the Government's Article 50 Bill with the support of Joint Committee on Human Rights members Karen Buck MP and Jeremy Lefroy MP to ensure human rights clauses feature in all of the UK's future trade agreements with the EU Member States.

Full text of the amendment:

New Clause 165

"Trade agreements and human rights

Before issuing any notification under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union the Prime Minister shall give an undertaking that the Government will seek to ensure that the human rights standards included in future trade agreements with the EU and any other States with which the United Kingdom enters into trade negotiations are at least as high as those in current trade agreements".

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