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EU-Mercosur Trade

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has made on free trade to his international counterparts in advance of the Mercosur Summit. (110833)

The UK Government have made and will continue to make frequent representations to its international counterparts on a number of trade policy issues, including Mercosur negotiations.

The UK remains committed to an ambitious, balanced and mutually beneficial Association Agreement between the EU and Mercosur. We are keen to make progress in the negotiations, but the overall substance is significantly more important than timing.