Last reviewed 19 August 2021

Lord Frost, who is leading talks with the EU on the implementation of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), has launched a consultation on future engagement with business and civil society groups.

The consultation is open for comments until 14 September 2021 and details about it can be found here.

“The new Domestic Advisory Group and the Civil Society Forum, both required by the TCA, will be important ways to hear from those most involved in implementing the Agreement on the ground,” Lord Frost explained, “and to ensure that everyone’s concerns are properly registered as we prepare UK positions in the Partnership Council and other bodies created by the Agreement.”

Aiming to ensure that involvement in these groups is as balanced and representative as possible, the Government is planning to seek expressions of interest in the autumn to ensure this is the case.

The TCA creates a role for domestic advisory groups in the event of a dispute between the UK and the EU in the area of trade and sustainable development (covering issues related to labour, environment and climate).

Where any measures are to be implemented following a dispute in these areas, the domestic advisory groups of the Parties will be informed and they may then submit observations to both Parties on those measures.

Comments should be submitted by email to tcadomesticadvisory@cabinetoffice.gov.uk.