Economic Situation: Falkland Islands

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

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Photo of Angus MacNeil Angus MacNeil Chair, International Trade Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the economy of the Falkland Islands.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

I most recently met the Hon. Teslyn Barkman, the Falkland MLA leading on Exit, at the 4th Joint Ministerial Council Overseas Territories EU Negotiations held on the 14th of June. Through discussions in this forum, supported by official contact, the Government understands the importance to the economic wellbeing of the Falklands Islands of their access to the EU market for fish and meat. The Government welcomes the substantive input we have received from the Falkland Islands’ Government as the UK prepares to exit the EU. The UK Government and the Government of the Falkland Islands also share a determination to make the most of the opportunities to expand into new, global markets that our departure from the EU creates.

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