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Trade Agreements: Canada

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN HL17431, tabled on 23 July 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a reduction in import tariffs on a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and Canada.

Answered on

6 August 2019

We are working to transition existing EU trade agreements, including CETA, into bilateral deals as the UK leaves the EU. We continue to engage Canada to seek to achieve this at the earliest opportunity, and both sides are committed to a strong trading relationship moving forwards.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the UK will implement a temporary tariff which aims to minimise costs to business and mitigate price impacts on consumers. However, this will be temporary, applying for up to 12 months. It is not the basis for a long-term preferential trading relationship - transition of CETA remains the best foundation for the UK’s future trading relationship with Canada.