Motor Vehicles: Import Duties

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 18th March 2019.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the automotive sector on the potential economic effect of the imposition of tariffs in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Photo of George Hollingbery George Hollingbery Minister of State (International Trade)

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the UK will implement a temporary tariff for up to 12 months. The Government held informal conversations specifically in relation to tariff policy throughout the summer of 2018 with businesses, including the automotive sector. The market sensitivities around the policy and ongoing EU negotiations have meant a formal consultation with business was not possible. However, a full consultation and review on a permanent approach would be undertaken during the 12 months.

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