Customs Legislation and Amendments: Impact Analysis - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:40 pm on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip) 4:40 pm, 8th October 2019

The noble Lord makes very thoughtful points, but I remind him that the estimates in this report are a responsible, thoughtful and transparent effort to calculate the kind of costs that a no-deal Brexit might bring about. They cannot anticipate how the EU might respond, how tariffs might be negotiated or how a trade deal with the EU might affect those costs. With so many imponderables, it would be extremely difficult to tot up a large total of the kind he asks about. I am happy to ask officials whether there is some kind of arithmetic that can be done and to write to him with whatever they can come up with.