UK Trade with EU

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 29th January 2018.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Warwick Lord Taylor of Warwick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to address reported concerns of businesses that after Brexit the UK may need sign up to future EU rules over which the UK would have no influence.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The UK Government is proposing a unique and ambitious partnership based on our rules and regulation as being the same as the European Union’s at the start, maintaining our commitment to free trade and high standards – while allowing for us both to make changes where we want to, in a stable and orderly way. In part this is because we recognise that an alternative approach, such as a Norway-style agreement, would mean the UK having to adopt at home, automatically and in their entirety, new EU rules, over which in future we would have little influence and no vote.

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