UK criticised over Cambodia trade-deal “promise”

A campaign group has criticised the UK for promising the Cambodian government that trade privileges will continue after Brexit – potentially undermining an ongoing probe by the EU that could remove the Southeast Asian country’s trade benefits.

In February, the European Commission started the process that could lead to a temporary suspension of Cambodia’s preferential tariff arrangements under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme. EBA preferences can be removed if beneficiary countries fail to respect core human rights and labour rights – and the EU has for some time been concerned about human rights violations in Cambodia.

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