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  • Submitted by: Kenneth Gibson, Cunninghame North, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Friday, 17 March 2023
  • Motion reference: S6M-08259

That the Parliament notes with concern reports that the UK Government is planning to remove import tariffs on palm oil from Malaysia as part of joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP); notes that the Financial Times has referred to the economic gains to the UK of joining CPTPP as “minimal”; understands that Malaysia is the world’s second biggest producer of palm oil, and that the product is blamed for widespread deforestation, in particular destroying the habitats of endangered orangutans, pygmy elephants, the Sumatran rhino and critically endangered Malayan tiger; acknowledges that, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the forest loss, coupled with the conversion of carbon rich peat soils, is throwing millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and contributing to climate change; considers that, currently, the UK already has a light regulatory approach compared to the European Union (EU), which retains palm oil tariffs and is planning to introduce new legislation to guarantee that products sold in the EU, including palm oil, are not linked to the destruction or degradation of forests, and urges the UK to rethink any plans it may have to join CPTPP until robust legislation against imports linked to deforestation is in place.

Supported by: Karen Adam, Clare Adamson, Colin Beattie, Siobhian Brown, Stephanie Callaghan, Maggie Chapman, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, John Mason, Stuart McMillan, Jenni Minto, Emma Roddick, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance, Mercedes Villalba