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Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 27th January 2020.

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Photo of Lord Jones of Cheltenham Lord Jones of Cheltenham Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any (1) advantages, and (2) disadvantages, that are likely to be experienced by each of the Overseas Territories after the UK’s departure from the EU.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

The Government is working closely with the leaders of all the Overseas Territories (OTs) on matters relating to Brexit. After we leave the European Union, the UK will negotiate the future relationship with the EU on behalf of the whole UK family, including the OTs.

The Government has been addressing concerns over funding and citizens' rights for all OTs. Most non-European OTs, save the Falkland Islands and Tristan da Cunha, have little substantive trade with the EU.

Brexit represents an opportunity to pursue the OTs' interests in the UK's new, independent trade policy, including seeking improved market access around the world for OT-originating goods and services. Officials are in discussions with OT Representatives about their specific interests in particular markets.

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