Agriculture: Export Duties

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 24th March 2017.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Leader of the Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of tariff increases on the viability of the UK agriculture industry sector in the event that the UK leaves the single market.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

The Government is conducting analysis at the macroeconomic and sectoral level to understand the impact of leaving the EU on all aspects of the UK, including the agriculture sector. We want our new partnership with the EU to allow for tariff free trade in goods and to minimise the regulatory and market access barriers for both goods and services.

We have recently heard from the International Meat Trade Association, National Farmers’ Union, and the National Pig Association, and have held a number of ministerial roundtables on this subject.

We have however been clear that we are not going to publish anything that might risk harming our negotiating position.

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