Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 5th February 2018.

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Photo of The Earl of Kinnoull The Earl of Kinnoull Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as part of their Brexit negotiating strategy, they intend UK products to be treated, during the transition period, as EU content for the purposes of (1) EU regulatory structures, and (2) trade agreements held by the EU with other countries.

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

The EU and UK have both said that EU rules and regulations should continue to apply during the implementation period.

During this strictly time-limited implementation period, the UK and the EU would continue to have access to one another’s markets on current terms, and the UK would take part in existing security measures.

In the Implementation Period, the UK will take steps to pave the way for the UK’s independent trade policy after we exit. As such, we will be able to negotiate our own free trade agreements, although we would not bring them into effect until after the implementation period has concluded.

The government is committed to seeking continuity during the Implementation Period in its current trade and investment relationships, including those covered by EU Free Trade Agreements or other EU preferential arrangements.

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