Offshore Industry

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 8th April 2019.

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Photo of Melanie Onn Melanie Onn Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to support the domestic gasoline industry in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

This Government remains committed to supporting industry through EU exit and to leaving the European Union with a deal that works for citizens and businesses. Nevertheless we need to plan for all scenarios. The oil and gas industry is important for the UK’s economy, energy security and jobs, and BEIS engages with the sector regularly to ensure that their concerns and any evidence is fed into the Government’s no deal planning/arrangements.

BEIS engagement with the upstream and downstream oil and gas sector in regard to EU-exit has included:

  • Publishing a technical notice on 13 September 2018 that offers guidance on “Running an oil or gas business if there’s no Brexit deal.
  • Organising an ongoing series of BEIS Oil & Gas EU Exit Sector Panels facilitating interaction among and between representatives from upstream and downstream trade associations, companies, BEIS and OGDs.
  • Providing regular email guidance updates on GOV.UK content relevant to the sector and requests for feedback from BEIS Oil and Gas Sector contacts.
  • Participating in bilateral interactions with trade associations and companies.

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