The CARIFORUM-EU EPA provides for asymmetric trade liberalization between the EU and the Cariforum states. These include duty- and quota-free access to goods, preferential access for providers and investors, and intellectual property protection. It also covers disciplines related to public procurement and competition, as well as important provisions for development cooperation. 3.Like the EU agreement, the UK-CARIFORUM EPA contains, in addition to a free trade agreement, provisions on public procurement and provisions for cooperation in a wide range of sectors, including a specific protocol for cultural cooperation. The agreement also reiterates the provision of the Cotonou4 agreement, which allows appropriate measures to be taken in the event of violations of human rights, democratic principles, the rule of law and good governance. It is expected that the suspension of the agreement would be only a last resort. 13 If the United Kingdom had left the EU without a deal on 12 April, the EU-CARIFORUM EPA would have ceased to apply to the United Kingdom and would not have had sufficient time for the United Kingdom or the United States of America to apply or ratify its internal procedures provisionally. 7 Department for International Trade relationship with the CARIFORUM States, (April 2019) by. assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/792531/Continuing-the-United-Kingdoms-trade-relationship-with-the-CARIFORUM-States.pdf [was consulted on 17 April 2019] This agreement (CARIFORUM-UK EPA) will ensure additional access to the UK market when it leaves the European Union.
6.The agreement, like other trade agreements previously discussed by the Committee, introduces an expanded accumulation of origin. This allows both parties to recognise materials from the EU as products originating in the UK or carIFORUM countries in terms of export. The transformation of the EU may, under certain conditions, also be recognised in the case of countries exported from the United Kingdom to the Cariforum states and vice versa6. The government stipulates that, without these provisions, products from the United Kingdom or a Cariforum state would be: To avoid trade disruptions and ensure a level of security for British businesses and consumers and Cariforum as soon as the UK leaves the EU, the United Kingdom and Cariforum immediately began a dialogue on concluding a trade continuity agreement that would mimic the provisions of the CARI-UE-Wa agreement. The government`s proposed use of MOUs is a pragmatic solution that does not have sufficient time for a treaty to enter into force, but raises several questions. First, it raises the question of the extent to which softs might be applicable, since they are merely a political and non-legal obligation. Secondly, if the government wishes to use MoUs in the future, the text must be more concrete: the MoUs, which have been presented for the Cariforum States, provide that the agreement between the United Kingdom and the Cariforum will be effective « as much as possible » until it enters into formal force.