European Free Trade Association: Trade Agreements

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Duchy of Lancaster)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans he has to issue guidance to businesses on the extent of the continuity of EU Free Trade Agreements with EFTA countries after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Conor Burns Conor Burns The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

The Government is committed to ensuring that businesses are prepared for the UK to leave the EU on 31 October. This includes accurate, up-to-date information on how the trading environment will change and guidance on actions they need to take.

Guidance for business on the trade continuity agreements signed with EFTA states is available on GOV.UK. This includes the text of the agreement, a summary document and a Parliamentary Reports, which explains any significant changes from existing terms.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-trade-agreements-with-non-eu-countries-in-a-no-deal-brexit#trade-agreements-that-have-been-signed

Furthermore, No Deal export guides in a No Deal scenario are also available for Switzerland, Norway and Iceland:

A summary of the UK-Switzerland-Liechtenstein Trade Agreement can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/summary-of-the-uk-switzerland-liechtenstein-trade-agreement

This guidance is regularly reviewed to ensure that it is up-to-date and provides businesses with relevant advice.

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