Submission to government consultation on Transpacific trade deal (CPTPP)

Report type
Consultation response
Issue date
16 Oct 2018
Key findings
  • The TUC believes the UK should not join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Transpacific Partnership (CPTPP) - a trade deal involving 11 countries including Australia, Japan and Mexico.  The TUC shares concerns of trade unions in countries involved in CPTPP that the deal significantly threatens workers' rights, regulatory standards, public services and democratic decision making and puts millions of jobs at risk.
  • CPTPP cannot substitute for a good Brexit deal with the EU. Not only would CPTPP not be able to substitute for the current level of trade the UK currently has with EU by virtue of being in the single market and customs union, but poses serious risks to workers' rights.
  • The TUC calls on the government to conduct in-depth engagement with trade unions to address our concerns about the deal before any further discussions take place with CPTPP countries about the prospect of the UK joining the deal.