« An agreement on the Australian model would give us full control over our laws, rules and fishing waters, as well as the freedom to enter into free trade agreements with other countries around the world. » The government has made it clear that the National Health Service (NHS) will not be on the negotiating table on trade deals. The price paid by the NHS for medicines will not be on the table. The services offered by the NHS will not be on the table. The NHS is not and will never be sold to the private sector, either overseas or domestic. The Government takes note of the concerns expressed by respondents regarding the protection of UK public services under a free trade agreement between the UK and Australia. The government has made it clear that it will protect the UK`s right to regulate the public interest and protect public services, including the NHS, in a future trade deal with Australia. [Footnote 19] As we do not yet know the future relationship with the EU, we have also assessed the impact on the basis of an alternative baseline in which the UK acts with the EU in accordance with the rules of the WTO`s biggest negotiation. [footnote 63] This should illustrate the potential impact of a free trade agreement between the UK and Australia in this context, but does not reflect government policy. This assessment is assessed in the Sensitivity Analysis, Analytical Limitations and Risks section of this document. Thirteen NGOs identified trade in services as a priority, with several respondents calling for seamless trade in services. Some NGOs have called for the inclusion of MRPQ in a services chapter of a potential free trade agreement between the UK and Australia, including quotas and licences. Some NGOs felt that the greatest opportunity to increase trade flows was trade in services, with one explaining that the difference between time zones is beneficial, as services and support can be provided by different offices and time zones, boosting the globalized services sector.

The NGOs interviewed also commented on the fact that the UK is the leader in financial services and asked for protection from the UK`s high regulatory requirements. Thirteen NGOs expressed concerns about a number of services, including ISDS and the lack of transparency in potential negotiations. One NGO expressed concern about the limited role of decentralised administrations and said any future trade deal could address decentralised issues. Respondents also spoke about the importance of protecting public services, including the NHS. Workers of all types of qualifications are expected to benefit from higher wages. Modelling indicates only a small redistribution of employment between sectors, i.e. between 1 and 5 employees out of 10,000. These employment movements do not take into account larger changes in the labour market or short-term adjustment costs, as the model predicts that the overall supply of labour will not be influenced by changes in long-term trade costs. . . .