HM Treasury written question – answered on 22nd January 2018.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether British ports will be designated as free ports after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

Section 100A of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 (CEMA) provides the legal basis for the designation of free zones by HM Treasury and will continue to do so following UK withdrawal from the EU. Applying for designation as a free zone will be a commercial decision to be taken by private port operators.

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