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Lobsters: Tristan da Cunha

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th February 2020.

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Photo of Lloyd Russell-Moyle Lloyd Russell-Moyle Labour/Co-operative, Brighton, Kemptown

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he plans to have with his EU counterparts to ensure that the gourmet lobster trade industry in Tristan da Cunha is not affected by EU tariffs imposed after the transition period.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State

The Government has always been clear that we are committed to engaging Overseas Territories as the UK exits the EU, to ensure that their interests and priorities are properly taken into account.

We are seeking a bold and ambitious Free Trade Agreement with the EU and want to have the greatest possible tariff- and barrier-free trade with our European neighbours, so that our companies, including those operating in the Tristan da Cunha lobster industry, have the maximum freedom to trade with and operate within European markets.

We also welcome the substantive input we have received from the Tristan da Cunha Government as the United Kingdom prepares for negotiations with the EU.

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