Consumer Goods: Imports

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 30th July 2019.

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Photo of Rosena Allin-Khan Rosena Allin-Khan Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps the Government has taken to mitigate the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on the supply of products listed in the consumer price inflation basket of goods.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Chair, High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill Select Committee (Commons) , The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

The UK will be leaving the EU on the 31 October - whatever the circumstances.

We would, of course, prefer to leave with a deal. However, if it is not possible to reach a deal we will have to leave with no deal. We are now turbocharging all our necessary preparations to do so. In the event of no deal, the Government will prioritise the flow of goods at the border. We will continue to take a risk-based approach to controls and checks on goods at the border, minimising additional friction to protect flow. Over the longer term, the Government will look to enhance border systems and processes.

Extensive engagement activity continues with businesses, traders and across the border industry. The Government will look to step up engagement with key Member States, such as the French, to ensure the best possible preparation to ensure the continued flow of both outbound and inbound goods.

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