Food: Exports

Treasury written question – answered on 6th February 2019.

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Photo of Andrea Jenkyns Andrea Jenkyns Conservative, Morley and Outwood

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to prepare for the UK potentially leaving the EU without a deal in relation to perishable goods being exported.

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

The Government recognises the importance of trade fluidity for perishable goods through the UK’s borders.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK-EU trade will be subjected to customs controls and checks. HMRC is working closely with industry to ensure checks minimise delays for legitimate trade, while ensuring compliance. We cannot speculate about what the EU will do.

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