UK's post-Brexit trade policy 'should be linked to foreign aid programmes' to force developing nations to boost gender equality, MPs claim

The Commons International Trade committee has called on the Government to ensure trade agreements with Commonwealth nations meet development goals.

The committee also recommended the Government could boost the economies of third world countries by handing out more contracts to companies that have developing nations in their supply chains.

The report called for “greater alignment of trade and development policy.”

But it added: “Such an alignment will not come about without significant efforts from both the Department for International Trade and the Department for International Development, as well as other government departments.”

Committee chair Angus MacNeil said: “As current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, the UK has a rare chance to lead the way in which trade policy addresses fundamental challenges like gender inequality.

"If the Government shows leadership on this issue, this Committee will be the first to praise them for doing so."

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