Tobacco: UK Trade with EU

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 20th November 2020.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of the imposition of the UK global tariff on imports of tobacco products from the EU from 1 January 2021, where a Free Trade Agreement includes Rules of Origin requirements that require more than 10 per cent originating leaf.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

The UK Government intends to achieve a Free Trade Agreement with the EU by December 2020.

The UK Global Tariff (UKGT) is tailored to the UK economy and balances the interests of UK consumers and producers. It is a lower tariff regime than the EU’s Common External Tariff. In designing the UKGT, we assessed all available evidence submitted during the public consultation in depth and considered a range of factors, such as the five principles set out in the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018.

More analysis will be published in the Tax Information and Impact Note (TIIN) alongside the legislation, as is standard practice.

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