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Our written evidence to the House of Lords EU Services Sub-Committee has been published.
The evidence covers:
We believe that it's vital that the government ensures that services – particularly legal services – are prioritised during the negotiations.
The UK should ensure it is negotiating on its areas of strength by ensuring an ambitious deal on services, and not just playing to the EU strengths by focusing on goods.
The UK and EU future relationship should contain provisions for services in the economic chapter of any free trade agreement (FTA), including:
Any FTA should be complemented by provisions for civil and criminal judicial cooperation, as well as co-operation in areas of family law and commitment to international human rights obligations.
These do not necessarily need to be constituent parts of the FTA, but could instead form separate agreements, as with the Lugano Convention, which provides for recognition and enforcement of civil and commercial judgments between EU and EFTA states.