Trade Agreements

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 21st July 2016.

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Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate his Department has made of the length of time it will take to negotiate trade agreements with the UK's major trading partners outside of the EU when the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

My hon Friend the Prime Minister has established the Department for International Trade to promote British trade across the world and ensure the UK takes advantage of the huge opportunities open to us. The pace of trade negotiations will vary country to country. The Prime Minister has also established a Department for Exiting the European Union for overseeing negotiations to leave the EU and establishing the future relationship between the UK and EU. However, until we leave, the UK will remain a full member of the EU, with all of the rights and obligations.

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