Leaving the EU: Health and Social Care

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th November 2017.

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Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health 12:00 am, 14th November 2017

As the hon. Lady will be aware, we are looking for a relationship with the EU to ensure that we have tariff-free access to the single market, including for drugs and medicines, because the life sciences industry is such a critical element of our economy. Contingency plans are being put in place for a no deal. She will have to wait, as will the rest of us, to see whether or not that eventuality happens. Of course we do not want it to occur—it is not our intent.