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Iron and Steel: UK Trade With EU

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Jessica Morden Jessica Morden Opposition Whip (Commons), Chair, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee), Chair, Statutory Instruments (Select Committee)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department has taken to negotiate tariff-free quotas for UK steel after the UK leaves the EU.

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

The government continues to seek to engage with the European Commission to discuss the mutual application of the steel safeguard measure with the aim of preserving traditional trade flows and providing as much continuity to industry as possible in a ‘no deal’ scenario. The Commission have however repeatedly refused to meet with UK officials to discuss this matter. My officials stand ready to discuss this with the Commission whenever they are ready.

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