Overseas Trade: Republic of Ireland

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 3rd January 2018.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government how they propose to safeguard trade between (1) Fishguard, (2) Pembroke, and (3) Holyhead, and Ireland following Brexit.

Photo of Lord Callanan Lord Callanan Minister of State (Department for Exiting the European Union)

In assessing our options for a new customs arrangement with the EU, the Government will be guided by what delivers the greatest economic advantage to the UK, and by three strategic objectives:

  • Ensuring UK-EU trade is as frictionless as possible;

  • Avoiding a ‘hard border’ between Ireland and Northern Ireland; and

  • Establishing an independent international trade policy.

The Government’s Future Partnership Paper on customs, published in August 2017, set out two approaches to our future customs relationship with the EU that most closely meet these objectives.

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