24.We welcome the fact that the Government has provided detailed information on the geographical scope of the agreements in order to clarify the elements that would apply to Gibraltar, crown dependencies and overseas territories. We are also pleased that the Minister confirms to the Euro that “HMG shares stable contractual texts… on individual agreements.” Although the Euro confirms that the government shared the draft text of this specific agreement with Gibraltar, the crown dependencies and overseas territories, it does not clearly specify whether the text was shared with the decentralised administrations before signing. This is disappointing, as we have repeatedly asked the government to “ensure that in the future, if specific agreements are shared with the DDAs, this is explicitly stated in the consultation section of each EM”7 After an exchange with officials, we confirmed that the draft agreement was shared with the decentralised administrations and that no concerns were expressed. We welcome the recent confirmation by officials that the government will indicate in future ME that the specific agreement to which the Euro relates has been shared with the decentralised administrations. The signing of the trade agreement will take place after the conclusion of negotiations on 8 September 2019. Iipumbu informed lawmakers that after the signing of the SACUM-UK agreement, Namibia must complete the process to ensure that the country continues to trade with the UK duty-free after December 2020. 57.As an association agreement, it is broader than a free trade agreement and involves commitments of cooperation in areas such as agriculture, education, energy and culture. The agreement is also in line with the human rights provisions of the eu-Tunisia agreement, which provide for the possibility of “appropriate measures”, including the suspension of the agreement, in the event of a substantial violation by one of the parties. Tariffs on bilateral merchandise trade between the Uk and SACU and Mozambique will continue to apply after the agreement enters into force. However, in some cases, non-preferential rates may be lower due to changes to the most favoured nation scale in the United Kingdom. 48.The agreement between the United Kingdom and Lebanon, like its previous EU agreement, does not contain substantial commitments on the protection of geographical indicators – the EU has only attempted to include comprehensive geographical indication provisions in its trade agreements since 2009.
Instead, the agreement between the UK and Lebanon (such as the EU agreement) deals with broader international standards and obligations on intellectual property rights. You should check with the relevant customs authorities about your trade between the UK and SACUM. In particular, the rules of origin agreed under the agreement between the United Kingdom and SACUM will be reviewed no later than 30 months after the agreement enters into force.