To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the extent of the divergence of regulations and standards which underpin health, safety and personal protective products in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a mutual recognition agreement.
As part of EU exit negotiations, we will discuss how best to continue cooperation in the areas of health and safety and personal protective equipment, in order to satisfy the best interests of both the UK and the EU. It would not be appropriate to prejudge the outcome of these negotiations.
It should however be noted that, regardless of our future economic relationship with the EU, the UK is committed to ensuring strong health and safety standards. The UK is recognised as a world-leader in delivering strong health and safety protections for workers, and according to health and safety at work statistics, the UK is one of the safest places to work in the EU.