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Food: Exports

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 8th April 2019.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what preparations he has undertaken to deal with the potential introduction of (a) tariffs and (b) non-tariff barriers on British food exports when the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Government Whip

Any tariff and non-tariff barrier on UK exports would depend on the third country’s own tariff schedule and its regulations on food imports, and also whether the UK has a trade agreement in place with that country. We expect that the EU’s most favoured nation (MFN) tariff regime would apply to UK exports in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. We are in close discussion with industry about the potential impacts of tariffs on farming sectors.

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