Digital Technology: UK Trade with EU

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 24th July 2018.

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

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the UK’s digital economy may be at a disadvantage against European competitors by the goods-only approach outlined in the Chequers statement.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Since the Chequers statement, we have published the White Paper on the Future Relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union. Digital is a fast evolving, innovative, sector that is driving economic transformation across the world. Digital sectors contributed £116.5 billion to the UK economy in 2016, representing 6.7% of GVA. Given these characteristics, the Government's White Paper proposal recognises that for digital sectors it will be particularly important to have domestic regulatory flexibility, to ensure the UK can respond nimbly to new technological developments, and be at the forefront of emerging technologies.

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