UK Trade with EU: Import Controls

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 7th October 2021.

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Photo of Drew Hendry Drew Hendry Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Trade)

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the devolved Administrations (a) were consulted by his Department and (b) consented to the decision to extend the delay on EU trade import controls beyond October 2021.

Photo of Drew Hendry Drew Hendry Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Trade)

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has carried out an impact assessment of extending the delay on EU trade import controls beyond October 2021 on the competitiveness of UK exporters compared with importers; and whether he has plans to publish any such assessment.

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis Paymaster General

I refer the hon. Member to the Written Statement of 14th of September, which sets out the reasons for the change to the timetable for introducing border import controls on goods from the EU.

The Government is working closely with the Devolved Administrations on the delay to the introduction of controls, especially on controls and checks on Sanitary and Phytosanitary goods which are a devolved matter.

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