The Comprehensive and Progressive Transpacific Partnership (CPTPP) currently consists of 11 countries: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam. It was agreed in 2018. The UK has now started the process of acceding to the deal.
The TUC believes the UK should not join CPTPP as we share concerns of trade unions across CPTPP countries that the deal significantly threatens workers' rights, regulatory standards, public services and democratic decision making and puts millions of jobs at risk.
As the UK is acceding to a pre-existing agreement it will have limited room to change the terms of the agreement to address these concerns.
The TUC believes the government has not presented a convincing case that would suggest it is in the interests of workers, the economy or society to join CPTPP.
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