Trade Bill

Framework documentation for the creation of an independent UK international trade policy.

The Trade Bill will ensure the UK is ready for when we leave the EU, providing continuity for individuals, businesses, and international trading partners.

Aims of the Trade Bill

The Trade Bill will:

  • create the necessary powers for the UK to transition trade agreements that currently exist between the EU and other countries (and which we are party to through our EU membership)
  • enable the UK to have continued access to £1.3 trillion worth of government contracts and procurement opportunities in 47 countries
  • allow the UK to implement the Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) as an independent member instead of as part of the EU
  • establish a new independent UK body, the Trade Remedies Authority, to defend UK businesses against unfair trade practices
  • ensure the UK government has the legal ability to gather and share trade information, as evidence to support UK businesses against surges in imports and unfair practices

Further tax-related elements of the UK’s trade policy will be legislated in the Treasury’s Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill.

Trade Bill factsheets

Published 8 January 2018
Last updated 14 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added: Trade Bill factsheets on providing continuity and maintaining standards in UK Trade Agreements, devolution and Trade Remedies Authority.
  2. First published.