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Commit to a fair trade, slavery-free Brexit

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Today the Prime Minister began the Article 50 process of the UK's exit from the EU.  

There is a blank slate as to what happens next. We are calling on the Secretary of State and Shadow Secretary of State for Brexit, David Davis MP and Keir Starmer QC MP to use this opportunity to abandon the EU's unfair trade deals and to replace them with fair and sustainable ones.

If trade deals are to be renegotiated, then British people should be confident that our imports are fair and slavery-free. 

At present, unfair trade deals between the EU and Africa profit developed nations at the expense of developing ones. For example, there is no tariff on African countries exporting unroasted green coffee but there is a 7.5% tariff on roasted coffee, which means that Europe imports cheap unprocessed coffee and does the profitable roasting process itself, earning twice as much from the processing as the African exporters do from the crop. The charge on cocoa is worse, with a 30% tariff on processed cocoa powder and chocolate bars, and an astonishing 60% on some other refined products. [1] [2]

At the same time, the "Economic Partnership Agreement" (EPA) compels African countries to open up to 83% of their markets to European imports, flooding the market with competition to home-grown products, quelling industrialisation. Countries which resisted the EPA, such as Kenya, suffered punitive tariffs on their exports until they complied. [3]

These unfair trade deals perpetuate poverty and contribute to exploitation in these industries, including the use of child slaves in cocoa farming [4] 

This can change and now is an ideal time to do it. 

[1] http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/africa-eu-poverty-james-cleverly_uk_5720d08be4b0a1e971cad84f 

[2] https://capx.co/how-the-eu-starves-africa-into-submission/ 

[3] https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/jan/16/kenya-flower-trade-eu-pressure

[4] http://www.foodispower.org/slavery-chocolate/ 

 



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