In today’s world, trade policy influences all areas of public policy decisions. Easy access to international markets to trade goods and services is vital to UK prosperity. As the government seeks to recast the UK’s trading relationships post-Brexit, now is the time for business to ensure its voice is heard on international issues. As we've seen with the recent tariffs debate, questions of trade policy can be hard. They are incredibly technical; cut across many areas of public policy-making; impact different parts of the economy in different ways, creating winners and losers; and often against the backdrop of a lack of political consensus.
The announcement of the CBI having secured a seat on the government’s new Strategic Trade Advisory Group (STAG) is the first step to reshaping trading relationships post-Brexit. The STAG is a committee of 16 experts from business and civil society to guide the government’s approach to trade negotiations and wider trade policy.