Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Jack Dromey Jack Dromey Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to the Government's No-Deal Readiness Report, what steps the Government plans to take to support the automotive industry in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal and exports of cars to the EU are subject to a 10 per cent tariff on finished vehicles in line with the EU’s Most Favoured Nation tariff.

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

Officials have regular ongoing engagement with the automotive sector and the Government will continue to work closely with the industry to support future trade.

The No-Deal Readiness Report sets out Government preparation for leaving without a deal in the areas of Manufactured Goods Regulation and Vehicles and Components, as well as the actions businesses should take. The Government has also published a technical notice on placing manufactured goods on the EU market after Brexit as well as dedicated, tailored advice for the automotive sector.

As referred to in the No-Deal Readiness Report, we recognise that adapting to new regulatory requirements takes time, so the Government will provide continuity in goods regulation for a temporary period after exit day. If UK manufacturers, distributors and importers continue to meet EU requirements, their goods can still be placed on the EU market.

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