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Overseas Trade

Question for Department for Exiting the European Union

UIN HL5010, tabled on 25 January 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on UK companies’ ability to prepare international trade paperwork if the UK exits the EU before alternative international trade agreements have been established.

Answered on

8 February 2017

It is in both the UK and EU's interest to see tariff-free trade and for that cross-border trade to be as frictionless as possible. We will seek a new customs agreement with the EU that supports these objectives.

We have said we anticipate a phased process of implementation, in which both Britain and the EU institutions and Member States prepare for the new arrangements that exist between us.

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Department for Exiting the European Union