-Reuters file photo: Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Britain’s foreign trade minister, speaks at the annual Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Britain, on October 3, 2021. Reuters / Phil Nobel / File photo
LONDON (Reuters) – British Commerce Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan will press her G20 counterpart on Tuesday, calling what she called a rally behind market-distorted practices and WTO reforms.
Trevelian, who took over a ministry reshuffle last month, will choose where his predecessor, Liz Truss, left off: arguing for a level playing field in international trade as Britain seeks to create a new role next to Brexit.
“We will not allow British businesses, which are playing by the rules, to suffer and distort the market from other countries,” he said in a statement ahead of a meeting of G20 trade ministers in Italy.
“Today’s meeting is a great opportunity for our G20 partners to come together and build alliances that can protect the global trade system and help bring it into the twenty-first century.”
After spending many years arguing that Brexit would be one of the main advantages of a free trade agreement outside the European Union, the government has repeatedly called for the modernization of global trade rules.
Trevelyan will hit “harmful and distorted” industry subsidies – a criticism his department has previously used to single out China. China is a G20 member and some have seen it benefit from WTO rules that see it as a developing economy.
The Italian prime minister said on Friday that he was confident that a meeting of G20 leaders at the end of October would reach a firm commitment to WTO reform.
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