techUK’s report launch: Dealing with the deals

techUK is excited to launch our new report Dealing with the deals: Existing EU international agreements and the tech sector on Monday 9 July, 12.15-13.30, in Committee Room 17, House of Commons.

Leaving the EU will require a reinvention of the UK’s trading relationship around the world. While much of the debate has focused on the opportunities of future deals, the UK is already a party to over 750 existing bilateral and multilateral agreements which will need to be rolled over or renegotiated, including many that are important for UK tech.

Dealing with the deals looks at trade agreements that have been valuable for the sector, in particular CETA and the South Korea agreement, as well as how other forms of partnership, such Science and Technology Agreements, support UK tech businesses. It makes a series of recommendations as to how the UK should go about rolling these deals over post-Brexit, and where some deals might even be improved.

At the launch, Dr Thomas Goldsmith, techUK Policy Manager for Trade and Brexit will give a short introduction to the report and its recommendations. This will be followed by an expert panel discussion, chaired by Giles Derrington, techUK Head of Policy for Brexit, International and Economics and including Vicky Ford, Conservative MP and member of the Science and Technology Committee, Stephen Timms, Labour MP and member of the Committee on Exiting the European Union, Tim Durrant, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government, and a techUK member business.

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