On July 20, 2018, the Department of International Trade (DIT) launched a public consultation to seek advice on a possible free trade agreement with Australia. The public consultation ended on October 26, 2018 after 14 weeks. The OECD`s Services Trade Restriction Index (STRI) includes a measure of regulatory restrictions on trade in services in 22 sectors, 0 being a sector that is fully open to foreign service providers and 1 is a completely closed sector. The most limited sectors in Australia are mail services, air transport and logistic cargo handling. Under the nature of the restriction, restrictions are highest in Australia for its restrictions on entry abroad (for example. B capital restrictions for commercial property) and transparency of rules. Eight NGOs had priority in public procurement and eight expressed concern in their comments. Many reviewers have called for clauses in the agreement to ensure that the UK government and other public authorities are able to prioritize purchases from local suppliers (for example). B the food industry), pursue social and environmental goals and support ethical procurement initiatives. Such clauses have been considered to promote decent working conditions and quality food from the region. In this context, several opinions expressed concern that a future free trade agreement would not allow this type of prioritization. An independent trade policy means that we can negotiate trade agreements specifically designed for the United Kingdom, by building relationships with old friends and new allies that will enable the UK to use new sources of growth and deepen relationships with our established partners to create common and sustainable growth.
The government has made it clear that it will protect the UK`s right to regulate in the public interest and public services, including the NHS, in a future trade agreement with Australia. [Note 19] With regard to trade assistance, one person expressed concern that British businesses are vulnerable to dumping. The Government has taken note of the responses to the question that investors have accurate information to support investment decisions and that investors should be able to move their capital. These provisions are in line with international best practices and the UK will endeavour to do so in future agreements. The government agrees with interviewees that roo should be a priority in an agreement with Australia. We want simple, modern rules that facilitate trade between the UK and Australia, while addressing all unfair and inappropriate practices aimed at circumventing tariffs or quotas. Similarly, we will take into account the needs of British industry and consider existing supply chains (as well as opportunities for the future). Barriers to trade and investment make it more difficult to trade or invest abroad.
By removing or reducing them, free trade agreements can facilitate exports, imports and business investment. Free trade agreements can also benefit consumers by offering a more diverse and affordable range of imported products. Overall, interviewees stressed the need to protect UK IP standards. Much of the answers came from the creative industry, which had questions about copyright.