Food and Plants: Imports

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Sue Hayman Sue Hayman Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 July 2018 to Question 163122, what steps he is taking to ensure the continuation of food and plant import data recorded and shared using the EU TRACES system in the event of (a) a UK-EU trade deal and (b) the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The future relationship between the UK and EU is subject to negotiation. This includes UK access to EU systems and databases as part of the Future Economic Partnership. The UK is seeking a close relationship with the EU. This includes facilitating the continued free flow of data to support business activity. We remain confident we will agree a mutually advantageous deal with the EU. It is however the duty of a responsible Government to continue to prepare for a range of potential outcomes. This would include delivering a UK control system for the management of agri-food imports and exports in the event of a no deal scenario.

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