Paying Polluters: UN Report - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords am 3:10 pm ar 22 Ebrill 2024.

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Photo of Lord Browne of Ladyton Lord Browne of Ladyton Llafur 3:10, 22 Ebrill 2024

My Lords, on 7 December we had a debate on a Motion moved by the noble Baroness, Lady Hooper, on Latin America. In the context of our trade deal with Colombia, my friend, the noble Baroness, Lady Coussins, raised the issue of the inherent manifold injustices of the ISDS. The Minister responding to the debate, the noble Lord, Lord Ahmad, wrote in response:

“ISDS is an effective means of resolving … disputes”,

and the Government are

“content with the standard of protection” provided. So it is surprising that none of the free trade deals concluded since Brexit contains an ISDS—and the absence of one is an explicit goal of our negotiations for a UK-Canada deal. What is the Government’s view of an ISDS as a means of resolving disputes? If they have shifted their view, what are they doing to ensure that their new approach is reflected in trade with Colombia?