Fairtrade Foundation Response: Government pledges improved post-Brexit access to UK markets for world’s poorest

Brexit petition hand in outside 10 Downing Street

In response to the Government pledge to improve post-Brexit access to UK markets for world’s poorest countries, Tim Aldred, Head of Policy at the Fairtrade Foundation said:

"Tens of thousands of campaigners from many different charities have been calling for the Government to give a clear promise to farmers and workers in the world’s poorest countries on their future trade with the UK. We are very pleased to hear today’s commitments to guarantee and strengthen the position of the least developed countries who provide such a high quantity of the goods sold in our supermarkets and high streets."

"With trade deals, the devil is always in the detail, so it will be important to look closely at the new trade arrangements. The position of poor countries just outside the “least developed country” category, such as Kenya, will need to be clarified. Government will also need to take care that large deals with emerging economies do not push out the sales from the poorest countries."

"As powers to negotiate trade deals are returned to the UK, we would like to see active parliamentary scrutiny of new deals, so that the voices of farmers and workers in developing countries can be fully considered”. “Fairtrade campaigners will be watching closely to make sure that these welcome promises today are delivered in practice."

The Fairtrade Foundation has been campaigning with Traidcraft and other organisations including Christian Aid, Oxfam, the Trade Justice Movement, Global Citizen and One for our post-Brexit trade deals to deliver a fair deal for millions of vulnerable farmers and workers in developing countries.  Visit for more information http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/get-involved/current-campaigns/brexit#latestnews

For more information, interviews or images, contact Justin Avern/Martine Parry 07770 957451 / 07886 301486 justin.avern@fairtrade.org.uk; martine.parry@fairtrade.org.uk.