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No Deal: Other States’ Preparations

Exiting the European Union – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th October 2018.

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Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean Conservative, Redditch 12:00 am, 25th October 2018

What steps the Government have taken to co-operate with other EU states on those countries’ preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

We are committed to negotiating a successful exit and, as a responsible Government, we are also preparing for the unlikely scenario in which we leave without a deal, including by co-operating with member states to minimise disruption to citizens and businesses. We will continue to impress on member states our joint responsibility to work together.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean Conservative, Redditch

Thank you for your patience, Mr Speaker.

Although we do not expect a no-deal scenario, which is clearly not in the interests of anyone, does the Minister agree that it is completely incumbent on EU member states to work with the UK, because it is in their own interests to get a good deal as well?

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

I completely agree with my hon. Friend. Member states are playing a key role in ensuring the successful delivery of our exit and in negotiations. We hope to work with them fully in future.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Labour, East Ham

Have the discussions with the Republic of Ireland Government about the possibility of our leaving with no deal next March identified that they would have a clear obligation, enforceable quite quickly through the European Court of Justice, to impose customs and other checks on trade across the border with Northern Ireland?

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

I think the right hon. Gentleman will find that the Irish Government have said that they would not do that.

Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

In the event of no deal, the EU’s free trade agreements will cease to apply to the UK. How many of those 37 free trade agreements have the Government successfully agreed with our partners to retain and carry over in the event of no deal?

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

We are currently in negotiations with all those individual partners so that we can do exactly that.