The Government is clear that there must be a strong and effective role for Parliament in scrutinising our trade policy and free trade agreements.
Our departure from the EU does not change the fundamental constitutional principles that underpin the negotiation of international treaties, including FTAs. The making, amending and withdrawing from treaties are functions of the executive which are carried out in exercise of the Royal Prerogative.
However, it has long been recognised that Parliament should have the opportunity to scrutinise treaties that are subject to ratification and we remain committed to that principle in relation to FTAs.
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