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Overseas Trade: Commonwealth

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN HL14800, tabled on 25 March 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase UK trade with Commonwealth countries after Brexit.

Answered on

2 April 2019

At last year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), hosted by the UK, leaders adopted a six-point Connectivity Agenda for Trade and Investment to boost intra-Commonwealth trade to $2 Trillion by 2030. As Chair-In-Office, the UK is committed to working with our Commonwealth partners to achieve this target. That is why at CHOGM we launched three new programmes aimed at promoting inclusive intra-Commonwealth trade, cooperation on meeting standards and promoting trade by women-owned businesses. The UK will also be chairing the Commonwealth Trade Ministers meeting in October.

Of our 52 Commonwealth partners, 44 currently benefit from development-friendly preferential access to the UK market. The Government is committed to seeking continuity for our current trade and investment relationships as we leave the EU, including those with Commonwealth countries.