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Exiting the European Union: Customs Union (1 Feb 2018)

Suella Fernandes: The Government conduct an extremely broad range of work on EU exit issues and will continue to do so, which means that all decisions, including those on the EU customs union, are supported by many analyses. Leaving the customs union liberates the UK to establish new and fruitful trade deals with the rest of the world, as well as pursuing a new trading relationship with the EU that retains as...

Exiting the European Union: Customs Union (1 Feb 2018)

Suella Fernandes: One advantage—although there are many—of leaving the customs union is that Britain can be a champion for global free trade again for the first time in 40 years. Free trade through mutually beneficial partnerships has historically ushered in productivity, innovation, consumer choice, growth and prosperity—something I hope that the hon. Lady will encourage.

Exiting the European Union: Customs Union (1 Feb 2018)

Suella Fernandes: My hon. Friend raises a very prescient point. The British people voted to leave the EU in their historic decision in 2016. In doing so, they instructed this Parliament to take us out of the EU customs union. That is exactly what the Prime Minister and this Government are doing.

Exiting the European Union: Customs Union (1 Feb 2018)

Suella Fernandes: The UK is the second largest market for cars in Europe, so it is clearly in both our interests to continue this partnership between our industries. Is it not encouraging that companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, Toyota and McLaren have made significant investment decisions in the UK since the referendum? I am committed, with this Government, to ensuring as frictionless trade as...

Exiting the European Union: Customs Union (1 Feb 2018)

Suella Fernandes: We are seeing a rise in manufacturing and in exports, and UK foreign direct investment is at a record high. The economy is doing very well, and there have been encouraging signs and votes of confidence in the UK economy since Brexit. As we enter the next phase of the negotiations, we want to ensure that the automotive sector benefits from any arrangement. That will be a priority for the...

Exiting the European Union: Customs Union (1 Feb 2018)

Suella Fernandes: We are in the middle of the negotiations, but when it comes to migration, it is clear that the UK will be committed to designing its own immigration policy, which is determined by skills, talent and brains. That is what will drive our economy forward, and that is what will create jobs and growth.

Exiting the European Union: Customs Union (1 Feb 2018)

Suella Fernandes: The document to which the hon. Gentleman refers is not Government policy. It comes with significant caveats and is limited in nature. It is clear that there are significant benefits from our departure from the EU and the customs union. First, we have the chance to pursue our independent global trade policy and foster growing economic ties with fast-growing economies for the first time in 40...

Exiting the European Union: International Business Community (1 Feb 2018)

Suella Fernandes: Ministers from across the Government have carried out extensive engagement on EU exit, in both the UK and the EU, with businesses and industry bodies from all sectors of the economy. Those include international businesses with a footprint in the UK and British businesses with interests in the EU. The Prime Minister chairs a quarterly business advisory council to hear directly from senior...

Exiting the European Union: International Business Community (1 Feb 2018)

Suella Fernandes: I, too, am delighted about the resurgence to which my hon. Friend refers. It is precisely because of such requests and the result of such engagement with businesses that the Government’s proposals for an implementation period—promising the clarity needed to plan ahead—have been welcomed by various sectors of our economy. We and the EU want to agree the detail of the...

Exiting the European Union: International Business Community (1 Feb 2018)

Suella Fernandes: I hope the hon. Lady listened to the Secretary of State’s very detailed presentation and speech on Friday in which he set out the terms of an implementation period and addressed exactly the issues that she raises now. The implementation period will provide a bridge and a platform for businesses to enable them to plan for the future, to give them the time that they need, and to enable...

Exiting the European Union: International Business Community (1 Feb 2018)

Suella Fernandes: My hon. Friend brings to the House her experience of the European Parliament, which we all value. As 80% of the UK economy is services-based, it is absolutely vital that we incorporate provisions relating to services in any new arrangement with the EU.

Exiting the European Union: International Business Community (1 Feb 2018)

Suella Fernandes: As I have said, there is considerable engagement with the international business community. The Prime Minister herself chairs a business advisory council to hear directly from senior business leaders on key issues. On cross-departmental engagement, there is considerable work and engagement across all Whitehall Departments to prepare for all outcomes from these negotiations.

Exiting the European Union: Customs Union: Free Trade Agreements (1 Feb 2018)

Suella Fernandes: Remaining in the customs union would prevent the UK from striking new free trade deals and setting new tariffs on goods from countries outside the EU. By leaving the customs union and building a new customs arrangement with the EU, we will be able to forge new trade arrangements with our partners around the world while ensuring that trade in goods between the UK and the EU is as frictionless...

Exiting the European Union: Customs Union: Free Trade Agreements (1 Feb 2018)

Suella Fernandes: I thank my hon. Friend and the Mayor of Tees Valley for welcoming the Secretary of State and me to Teesport last Friday. My hon. Friend has been an indefatigable voice for his constituents since his election to Parliament last year. It was a pleasure to meet some of the 100 business representatives who were present when the Secretary of State made his speech last Friday. Teesport is an...

Exiting the European Union: Customs Union: Free Trade Agreements (1 Feb 2018)

Suella Fernandes: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for his lifelong advocacy for the British Asian community, not least in the 1990s when he encouraged my mother to stand as a local councillor—you could say, Mr Speaker, that my hon. Friend is to blame for my being here today. Leaving the EU offers us the opportunity to forge a new role for ourselves in the world. The Prime Minister’s first bilateral...

Exiting the European Union: Customs Union: Free Trade Agreements (1 Feb 2018)

Suella Fernandes: The customs infrastructure is going through the upgrade that the hon. Gentleman mentions, and that is on track and on target. I am looking forward to the opportunity to build on our customs regimes so that we have a customs and excise framework that sets the standard for the world.

Leaving the European Union — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (22 Jan 2018)

Suella Fernandes: Thank you for your stewardship and chairmanship of this worthwhile and interesting debate, Mr Hanson. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Sutton and Cheam (Paul Scully) for leading the debate, on behalf of the Petitions Committee, on whether the UK should leave the EU immediately. I must say that I very much enjoyed listening to his contribution and those of many hon. Members...

Leaving the European Union — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (22 Jan 2018)

Suella Fernandes: The referendum that we saw in 2016 was a brilliant example of a thriving democracy. That vote, whether it had been to leave or to remain, although the majority vote was to leave, was a vote of confidence in our democratic process. It was a vote of confidence in Britain, and it is incumbent on all of us to respect that result and deliver that outcome. The position respects the vote of the...

Leaving the European Union — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (22 Jan 2018)

Suella Fernandes: No. The Government’s policy is to leave Euratom, because although it provides some benefits, it also subscribes us to a jurisdiction and legal framework that are not aligned with our objectives in leaving the European Union. Our Nuclear Safeguards Bill provides us with an opportunity to combine exactly the objectives that my hon. Friend set out with honouring the legislative...

Leaving the European Union — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (22 Jan 2018)

Suella Fernandes: A vote to leave the European Union entails an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. That is what this Government are committed to and that is what will be delivered. It is essential if we are to regain the benefits of leaving the European Union. Although the Government do not want or expect a no-deal scenario, we have a duty to plan for all eventualities, so we continue to...


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