Developing Countries: Brexit

Department for International Development written question – answered on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Catherine McKinnell Catherine McKinnell Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne North

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate she has made of the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on (a) producers and (b) workers in developing countries.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

DFID is working closely with other governmental departments in taking all necessary steps to ensure that we are prepared for a no deal outcome, to ensure we will be able to meet our development objectives in all scenarios. We remain committed to spending 0.7% of our national income on development assistance.

The UK is preparing for a range of possible scenarios to maintain existing trading relationships, and our Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Act enables the UK to put in place a UK trade preferences scheme for developing countries. As the UK exits the EU, we will seek to replicate the effects of the EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements, which are development-focused trade deals with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

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