UK Trade with EU

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 25th July 2018.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Conservative, Chipping Barnet

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether the common rulebook for goods proposed in the White Paper, The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, Cm9593, will cover all goods (a) produced in, (b) imported to and (c) exported from the UK.

Photo of Suella Braverman Suella Braverman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

The UK has proposed that a common rulebook for goods including agri-food should underpin the UK-EU free trade area. As set out in the White Paper, the common rulebook would cover those rules which are necessary to provide for frictionless trade at the border between the UK and EU.

In the case of manufactured goods, this encompasses all rules that could be checked at the border, as they set the requirements for placing manufactured goods on the market. For agricultural products, food and drink, this includes relevant Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) rules, but excludes those relating to wider food policy.

With regards to goods exported from the UK to countries outside of the EU, UK firms will, as now, be able to manufacture products that meet the regulatory requirements of those countries.

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