Manufacturing Industries: Republic of Ireland

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Pearson of Rannoch Lord Pearson of Rannoch UKIP

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, as part of the Brexit negotiations, of the number of (1) UK manufacturing jobs which depend on exports to customers in the Republic of Ireland, and (2) manufacturing jobs in the Republic of Ireland which depend on exports to customers in the UK.

Photo of Lord Callanan Lord Callanan Minister of State (Department for Exiting the European Union)

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates that in 2011 around 38,800 manufacturing jobs in the UK were linked to exports to the Republic of Ireland, and around 34,500 manufacturing jobs in the Republic of Ireland were linked to exports to the UK. The dataset can be found at the following link: https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=TIM2015_C1

The Political Declaration sets out the framework for a future relationship that delivers in our national interest, including protecting jobs in the United Kingdom. Both the UK and the EU envisage comprehensive arrangements that would create a free trade area, combining deep regulatory and customs cooperation with zero tariffs, no fees, charges or quantitative restrictions across all goods sectors. This would in turn protect integrated supply chains and jobs, both in the UK and the EU.

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