Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil has been confirmed as chair of the select committee
on international trade in the UK Parliament, a post he held prior to the general
Select committees are cross party groups whose role is to scrutinise the work of
the associated Government department.
Mr MacNeil says that at the present time, during Brexit talks, international trade
will be a “big issue.”
He said: “With Brexit negotiations ending many of our current trade agreements with
European partners, and the government actively looking for new trade deals across
the world, there will be much work for the committee to do to ensure that this Tory
government get the best possible outcomes for Britain and for Scotland.
Isles MP heads parliamentary international trade committee
14 July 2017
“Failure to reach new trade deals would leave the UK as one of only a handful of
countries without regional trade deals and expose us to the threat of tariffs for
our exports and increased costs of raw materials and products on imports. This could
have serious implications for fishing, textiles and other industries relied on not
just in the Western Isles but throughout the country.
“I look forward to the challenges and to working with cross-party colleagues to hold
the government to account in the days and months ahead.”